Does carrying staph in your nose increase the risk of a staph infection after rhinoplasty?
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What if a nose has ‘staph’ bacteria? Is rhinoplasty still an option?
Infection after rhinoplasty
Most of us are colonized with Staph and other bacteria in the nose. The question is if the culture obtained is your normal nasal flora or if it is a clinically pathologic organism. Another important piece of information would be to find out if it is resistant Staph called MRSA. Either scenario, though, does not categorically exclude you from being a candidate for rhinoplasty if your nose and cut heal properly by the time you plan to undergo the surgery. Most surgeons give oral antibiotic prophylaxis after surgery in addition to antibiotic ointment, and it is important to communicate your nasal infection history with your surgeon for appropriate antibiotic coverage during and after your surgery. Some surgeons (including myself) also ask select patients to place antibiotic soaks into the nostrils periodically after surgery to minimize the risk of infection. Best wishes!
Rhinoplasty and Staph
Everyone has staph in their nose so a simple culture does not rule out a Rhinoplasty procedure. It sounds as if you are being appropriately treated and if the small cut heals normally then I do not see any contraindication to surgery of your nose.
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