A 40-year-old member asked:
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how painful is nose cauterization?

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Dr. Thomas Benda, jr
33 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not bad: It dependson what is needed. If the area on the septum is small, without a real "juicy" blood vessel, i spray the nose with Lidocaine and afrin, (oxymetazoline) and then put little pieces of cotton (cottonoids) with the same med in the nose for 10 minutes. This numbs pretty well. If I have to use electrical cautery, I do this and then inject local. This smarts a little. Then the cautery rarely hurts.
Answered on Mar 27, 2019
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