Why does the saline solution dry and burn my nasal passage after a septorhinoplasty?

Day5 Post-Op, my doctor suggests I clean my nasal passages with saline after Day1. I've been dipping a Q-tip in the Ocean Saline Nasal Spray to clean my nostrils; today I sprayed the inside of both nasal passages twice. I just want to clean the inside of my nose. The first time I placed the solution in my passage ways I felt great! 3hrs later, again, I gave four good pumps, but now the passages are dry with a burning feeling in different areas of my nasal passage. Should it burn and feel dry?

Doctor Answers (2)

Why does the saline solution dry and burn my nasal passage after a septorhinoplasty?

+2
I would contact your surgeon about these concerns, because all surgeons have different recommendations.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 238 reviews

Septorhinoplasty Concerns with Nasal spray

+1
Every surgeon treats their patients with a different protocol to some degree so I would suggest discussing your concerns with your surgeon. Personally I prefer to do the cleaning of my patients nose and do not start any sprays this soon after surgery. Discuss your problems, burning etc with your surgeon and a post operative solution should be put into place. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 137 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.