I had a revision rhinoplasty 18 days ago. I had a lot of dried mucus in my nose and had been trying not to pick or blow my nose. However, this morning I couldn't take it anymore and I picked my nose with a Qtip. I am now very worried that I could have interferred with the healing. Could I have done something to harm my nose? My nose does seem more swollen and tender today than it was yesterday. What is the proper way to clean the nose?
What Is The Proper Way For Me To Clean The Dried Mucus Out Of My Nose 3 Weeks Post-Op?
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Clean up your nose!
I recommend cleaning all the incisions with a q-tip dipped in peroxide to dissolve and remove the crusts. This includes the nostril incisions. Then apply a coat of any ointment the incisions, I generally recommend Aquaphor.
I also recommend 2-3x daily rinsing with a Neilmed irrigation bottle. One key is to keep the noise moist as it is generally very dry after any septoplasty or septorhinoplasty. For that I recommend Nasogel squirt bottle (nasal saline gel) which softens the crust so you can wash it out. I also recommend a cool mist humidifier.
Nose blowing is a surgeon specific guideline. I personally allow sniffing during the first week and then gentle blowing after that, but absolutely n o compressing the nostrils. Absolutely no hard blowing for a few months.
Often times even these measures will not clear the nose and the crusts needs to be removed by the doctor. I would call and ask your doctor.
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Proper care of your nose is an important part of recovery after rhinoplasty. I generally instruct my patients to keep the nose moist which generally helps the tissues heal. The build up of crusts is a normal part of the recovery. These crusts can be gently cleansed with a q-tip dipped in full strength hydrogen peroxide. I also recommend using a nasal saline spray or mist that can be used 3-4 times daily to keep the tissue moist.
It is also very important to make all of your follow up visits, as your surgeon will also do some cleaning as well.
Hope that helps and good luck.
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Hello! After nasal surgery the best way to keep the nose clean is to keep it moist - you should be using saline spray 2-3x/day and also can gently clean the inside with a qtip coated in bacitracin ointment by this time after your surgery. Please discuss this with your Doctor but this is a very common complaint. Good luck!
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After the first postoperative week, patients can begin blowing their nose gently and can continue using nasal saline as needed. Patients that had internal work to improve their breathing such as a septoplasty or turbinate reduction may develop more dry crusts during the first month as the nose adjusts to the increased airflow. Nasal saline rinses are often helpful in keeping the nose moist and minimizing crusting.
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