Red bump around stitches after rhinoplasty?

My surgery was on Sunday, and my doctor told me to use a syringe to spray saline serum into my nose 4x a day. This makes my nose run and im always using a tissue to gently pat the outside bottom of my nostrils. Around one of the stitches on my right nostril there is a small red bump but no pain or pus or anything. What could this be? Also, i am on antibiotics.

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Red Bump Around Stitch 4 Days after Rhinoplasty

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Red bump around stitch 4 days after rhinoplasty. It is impossible to make a diagnosis and recommend treatment without examining your nose. Consult with your surgeon before the long holiday weekend who can determine if anything needs to be done.

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Dear luvjelena, I would suggest seeking a follow up appointment with your surgeon so an examination can be performed to provide a proper diagnosis regarding the red bump you are seeing. I personally do not have my patients use saline spray after surgery. You may be irritated from the runny nose and blotting? See your surgeon. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Red bump around stitches after rhinoplasty

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A red bump around a stitch may be a number of things:
- bunched up skin 
- swelling and inflammation
- infection

The most important thing is to show your surgeon, so they can follow it closely and treat it before it becomes an issue. Safety comes first. 

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