Expectations after surgery
A splint (metal or plastic) will be applied externally to maintain the newly shaped bony structure when the surgery is complete. Soft plastic splints or nasal packs may also be placed within the nostrils to stabilize the septum (the dividing wall between the air passages).
Immediately following surgery, the nose and face will be swollen and painful. Headaches are common. Pain medications will control these discomforts.
Swelling and bruising around the eyes will increase and reach a peak after 2 or 3 days. Keeping the head raised (elevated) and placing cold compresses to the eyes can help reduce the swelling. Within 2 weeks, most of the swelling and bruising disappears. Some subtle swelling remains for several months, but this is generally unnoticeable to anyone but the patient.
During the first few days, minor bleeding from the nose is common. Do not blow the nose, pick the nose, or i...
Millions of Americans in pursuit of a remedy for stuffy nose and sinus pressure turn to over the counter (OTC) nasal sprays because of their quick action, availability and presumed safety. But did you know prolonged use of topical nasal decongestants (TNDs) often leads to addiction? Case in Point: A 32-year-old male was referred to me because of complaints of chronic nasal blockage. The patient suspected his problem was hay fever (allergic rhinitis). During the interview, he revealed that a year ago he began to have trouble sleeping because of a stuffy nose. He felt considerably better after using a TND before going to bed. Within 2 weeks he began to awaken in the middle of the night requiring another dose of his nasal spray for relief. One month later he required doses 4 times daily in order to avoid severe nasal congestion. By the time I saw him, he was going through almost a bottle of nasal spray daily. His diagnosis was Rhinitis Medicamentosa (RM) which means nasal inflammation (rhi...
Let's face it -- dealing with nasal allergies (and related symptoms) is no joke. As I sit here typing this post, my nose is running, my eyes are tearing and a sneezing fit is grabbing me at least once every hour or so. And yes, I am taking my allergy medicine. But it's a hot, windy day here in Boise, Idaho, and those are prime conditions for a high pollen count and poor air quality. As these symptoms go on, I start to feel drained, annoyed and eventually down in the dumps.
Can you relate? The truth is, it is a well-known fact that allergies can have a significant impact on mood, energy and productivity in sufferers. In fact, studies have shown that most people with allergies feel that they sometimes impact on their lives in negative ways.
When Allergies "Attack"
When you suffer from nasal allergy, your body overreacts to certain substances or conditions in the environment, called allergens. Examples are: pollen, mold spores, pet dander, dust mites and insect dropp...
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