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How can you protect your nose after perforated nasal septum surgery?

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You’ll likely have thin splints in your nose to cover and protect the flaps. They’ll stay in for a week or two.

To protect your nose as it heals, it’s best to:

Most of the time, you’ll feel back to normal within a few weeks.

  • Not lift heavy things or bend over
  • Not pick your nose or blow it too hard
  • Rinse with saline as often as your doctor tells you to
  • Sneeze with your mouth open
  • Stay away from contact sports

SOURCES:

Massachusetts Eye and Ear: “Septal Perforation.”

American Rhinologic Society: “Nasal Anatomy.”

Medscape: “Nasal Septal Button Placement.”

Merck Manual, Professional Version: “Septal Deviation and Perforation.”

Aesthetic Surgery Journal : “Diagnosing and Treating Nasal Septal Perforations.”

Eric Holbrook, MD, director, Division of Rhinology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear; associate professor of otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2018

SOURCES:

Massachusetts Eye and Ear: “Septal Perforation.”

American Rhinologic Society: “Nasal Anatomy.”

Medscape: “Nasal Septal Button Placement.”

Merck Manual, Professional Version: “Septal Deviation and Perforation.”

Aesthetic Surgery Journal : “Diagnosing and Treating Nasal Septal Perforations.”

Eric Holbrook, MD, director, Division of Rhinology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear; associate professor of otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2018

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