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Will using a salt water nasal spray help prevent developing a perforated septum?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Nasal septal perf: If you already have an issue with your nasal septum that puts you at risk for developing a septal perforation, use of saline nasal spray will not necessarily prevent the perforation from occurring. If you have not done so already, see an ENT for evaluation and treatment of the cause. This may prevent the perforation.
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
May: If you have a dry nose it may help to moisturize the membranes. Dry membranes can lead to septal perforation, though there are many more causes.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Perforated septum: a perforated septum can occur after nasal trauma, with drug use and after surgery. Saline sprays are neither here nor there in preventing septal perforations. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist,

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