Dryness in Nose After Turbinectomy?

I had a turbinectomy done about 10 days ago with a septoplasty and cosmetic rhinoplasty. I have a lot of dryness in my nose. Is this normal?

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Dry nose after turbinate reduction

This soon after nasal surgery like a rhinoplasty or turbinate reduction, the nose will definitely be dry. You might want to try using an over-the-counter saline spray three or four times a day and apply vaseline to the inside of the nose to increase the moisturization as the region heals.


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Dry Nose

Ten days from surgery:  What has your surgeon said about nasal dryness after surgery?  Please call him and he will explain what is specifically best for you at this time.

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Dryness after turbinectomy

The turbinates are there to disrupt the airflow in such a way as to humidify the air as we breathe. Turbinectomy has a well known risk of nasal dryness. At 10 days, however, your nose is healing and any dryness is part of this process rather than airflow imbalance. Try a saline nasal spray for now.

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