My Nose Has an Odor Like A Bad Smell Inside, I Had Rhino 3weeks Ago

I had surgery 3weeks ago and I have a bad smell/odor from the left it Normal?? Ugh I almost spanked my dog for bobo'ing in the house but then I realised its my nose,it has that nasty fishy spoiled meat smell.any idea?this whole surgery is driving my Crazy

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Without examining you this cannot be answered with certainty.  It is best to have your surgeon examine you.  It is possible that it is just crusting which can be treated with nasal saline spray.  It is also possible to be having a healing problem or an infection.  After your surgeon examines you s/he can advise you  as to what is going on and how to treat it.  Also, please do not blame your dog.

Summit Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Strange Odor Post-Rhinoplasty

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It is important that you consult your plastic surgeon as soon as possible. A strange odor secreting from the site of surgery is not entirely uncommon, and is usually the result of either sweating from bandaging or extraneous mucous concentrated in the area. On rare occasions, the scent may be an indication of infection. Your situation must be evaluated in person in order to more accurately determine the root of the smell and ensure that the healing process is going according to plan.

Sam Rizk, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 79 reviews

Bad smell after rhinoplasty

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Usually, this is caused by there being old blood or crusts inside the nose that bacteria thrive on.  In these instances, clearing the crust will make the problem go away.  Saline nasal spray will slowly wash away the crust without the trauma of nose blowing.  If you are not having increasing pain, redness, swelling, fevers or drainage, its unlikely to be infection.  Either way, keep your surgeon in the look especially if the smell doesn't go away after a few days of the saline nasal spray.  It may be that he will need to look in your nose to see what the issue is.

Sirius K. Yoo, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Saline could help, but see your surgeon too.

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Abnormal smells following rhinoplasty surgery may be caused by a variety of problems. When these smells are encountered three weeks after surgery they should be aggressively investigated. It’s therefore important to see your surgeon as soon as possible.
The smell that you describe could be related to a large number of potential problems. These may include nasal or sinus infections, wound healing problems, necrotic tissue, crusting with retained mucous secretions and retained nasal packing.
In the majority of cases nasal cleansing with saline irrigation will solve the problem. In some cases antibiotics may be helpful as well.

Odor after surgery

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While this is not unheard of it is usually uncommon and can mean several things.  The key is an EXAM by your surgeon to look inside and see what is going on. It is usually from xs dried mucous or tissue that is not alive and must removed.  An infection can also occur but it is quite uncommon.  Using saline nasal spray may help but most often your surgeon needs to clean out your nose in the office

Dr Rahban

Rady Rahban, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 141 reviews

Bad odor from your nose 3 weeks after a rhinoplasty

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 There are multiple scenarios that could be present, so you need to be examined by your original surgeon to make sure there is not a sinus infection or a retained packing on the inside of the nose. Saline irrigations can help or antibiotics for sinus infection.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Chronic odor after rhinoplasty

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As the others have mentioned, a chronic foul smell like you describe should be assessed to make sure there isn't an infection going on. Exposed cartilage, retained packing, or extensive crusting can also cause the symptoms, but an exam is in order to see what's going on.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

You should see your surgeon as soon as possible for the bad odor in your nose after Rhinoplasty Surgery.

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I read your concern. Since the foul aroma is only on one side, you could have an infection or retained nasal packing in your nose that may need to be addressed as soon as possible. An undiagnosed, indwelling nasal foreign body may lead to severe infection or possibly "toxic shock syndrome".

Your diagnosis could be confirmed with a fireroptic nasal endoscopy. If your surgeon is unable to perform nasal endoscopy, you should consult a reputable, certified ENT for evaluation.

I hope this is helpful for you.

Regards from NJ.

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 435 reviews

Bad odor after Rhinoplasty not a good sign

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The bad odor inside your nose after a Rhinoplasty is an infected clot or dying tissue, if your had turbinate resection.  IMHO, you should be placed ASAP on intra nasal saline washes several times a day, a couple week course of antibiotics and have a thorough nasal exam to remove any residual blood clots, infected mucous or to identify the cause of the odor and infection.  You should see your surgeon ASAP.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Bad odor in the nose after rhinoplasty

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You should see your surgeon to make sure there is no packing left in the nose. Other times, dry mucous can cause blockage and stagnation of secretions causing a bad smell. Either way, a nasal cleaning by your surgeon  should get rid of the problem.

Maurice M. Khosh, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon

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