Claritin post rhinoplasty - My seasonal allergies are out of control.

I am 5 days post op of my septorhinoplasty. I am sneezing 7 times in a row multiple times a day. I see my surgeon in a few days for a follow up. In the mean time is it ok to take Claritin (antihistamine only) to control the sneezing? I'm afraid the sneezing will do more damage than taking the Claritin would be.

Doctor Answers 5

Sneezing after Rhinoplasty

I would call your surgeon. They will help you determine what may be causing the sneezing- seasonal allergies or an allergic reaction to a medication?


Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Claritin, or loratadine, may be considered for nasal allergy after rhinoplasty surgery

Loratadine is a non-sedating antihistamine that is not a blood thinner. Always check with your surgeon, but I do not see a reason not to take it if you are suffering from nasal allergy. Hope this helps. Dr Joseph

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Claritin after rhinoplasty

If you have taken Claritin before and it has helped, it is likely it may help you during your recovery. Ask your surgeon to make sure it is safe and ok for you to take it.

Andres Bustillo, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Claritin After Rhinoplasty

You are welcome to take Claritin after your rhinoplasty.  It will have no effect on your results.  I typically will have patients take a Claritin after a rhinoplasty to dry the nose if they are having copious mucous production.  

I hope this helps.  

Post-Rhinoplasty Allergies

Thank you for your question.  I would certainly call your surgeon and make sure that it is okay for your to take Claritin.  Generally, this medication is safe and should not affect your surgical outcome, and I would check with your surgeon first.  Allergies and congestion can be exacerbated by the surgery itself, and will resolve as you continue to heal. Be sure to follow all of your post-operative instructions, as well.

I hope that this helps!

-David Gilpin

David Gilpin, MD
Nashville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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