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Saline nasal mist and decongestants work well. I recommend that you read the labels on all decongestants, whether in liquid or pill form, to make sure that they don't contain aspirin or other blood thinners. If the problem persists, a room humidifier might also help.
Afrin spray is routinely used to shrink the lining of the nose, which tends to swell after any type of internal nasal surgery. Remember, you can only use it for five days, because after that it does not work as well Why? The lining of the nose starts to dislike it. But in the short run it is a wonderful drug. That combined with steam inhalations and saline will keep the nose fresh and keep your air passages open. Robert Kotler, MD, FACS Facial Plastic...
It's very common for patients to get nasal congestion after septoplasty. In fact, I tell all my nasal surgery patients to expect short-term postop congestion, that may be worse than preop. The healing process will eventually lead to a good postoperative result if diagnosed and treated properly. In the short term, nasal saline can help with washing away some of the mucus and postoperative crusting that invariably occurs. If you have splints in place or sutures inside the nose, these...