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...
We didn’t realize just how ill my mother was. As my mother walked into the emergency department, her shockingly low hemoglobin (Hb) level was 3.5 g/dL. Normal hemoglobin levels for a woman range from 12.0 to 16.0 g/dL. The nurse confided that she had never seen such low hemoglobin in a person who was conscious much less alert and ambulatory (however weak). The doctor said that such a low Hb level could cause a heart attack.
Hemoglobin is the protein molecule in red blood cells which carries oxygen throughout the body. According to the Mayo Clinic, “ a low hemoglobin count is a common blood test result . In many cases, a low hemoglobin count is only slightly lower than normal, isn't considered significant, and causes no symptoms. A low hemoglobin count can also be caused by an abnormality or disease. In these situations, a low hemoglobin count is referred to as anemia.”
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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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