I just has a septoplasty and rhinoplasty yesterday and have had to cough a lot. In addition, I'm feeling lots of congestion and have been fighting off sneezes. What can I do to minimize coughing and sneezing? What happens if I do?
Is Coughing After Rhinoplasty of Concern?
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Coughing or Sneezing after Rhinoplasty Surgery
Coughing, sneezing, or congestion is common after rhinoplasty, especially right after surgery. Most plastic surgeons don't want their patients to blow their nose too hard and try to minimize coughing and sneezing. Severe coughing or nose-blowing may cause more bleeding or bruising, for example. An over-the-counter antihistamine, cough suppressant, or mucous thinner may possibly help alleviate the symptoms. However, you should speak with your rhinoplasty surgeon to help determine appropriate options for you.
Risk of Coughing after Nose Surgery
Coughing,vomiting and straining are associated with a sudden spike in blood pressure which in the first few days after surgery may be associated with bleeding and swelling. Consult with your surgeon to see if a cough suppressant should be used.