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Nose Cauterization Procedure
One person said they now had holes in their nose from too many cauterizations when younger. Could this only happen because of bad ENT procedures?
Septal Perforations: They can be caused by cautery, cocaine, otc nasal sprays, nasal surgery or other more unusual diseases. They tend to crust and bleed if the septal care ledge or bone is exposed. This can be easily fixed but i don't recommend trying to patch the perforation... The failure rate is high and the scars / flaps from the surgery can block the airway and it's unnecessary to close the hole. ...Read more
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, 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. ...Read more
Nose cautery: After nasal cautery, you really want to let the nose heal. Try to avoid blowing your nose for 2-3 days, longer if more bleeding stirs up after cautery. Keep the nose moist with saline, too. This facilitates the healing if the lining of the nose after treatment. You can also prevent drying of the nose by putting a little vaseline just inside the openings if the nose. ...Read more
Will flying 2 days after nasal cauterization cause my nose to bleed? Any suggestions on what to do in case in does bleed?
Usually: just pinching the tip portion of you nose for a few minutes will stop it ...Read more
After cauterization yesterday, how likely is it that my nose will bleed on-board a plane flight tomorrow?
Use saline gel: After cautery you are likely to have the equivalent of a scab on the inside of your nose where the heat was applied. Healing of a cautery site occurs best in a moist environment as moisture prevents premature separation of the scab (bleeding). Airplanes have low humidity (moisture) and can dry the nose out. Avoid Aspirin and use a saline gel product such as ayr. It is easy to use while traveling. ...Read more
Sealing the vessel: Nosebleeds are caused by a bleeding blood vessel or several small vessels, usually on the middle wall of one nostril. Cauterization means using heat, electricity or a chemical to essentially burn the edges of the vessel and seal it closed so blood won't leak anymore. ...Read more
My son had his nose cauterized 2 years ago. The past two days he has had about a dozen severe nose bleeds. Does cauterization stop working?
The Nose Knows: Yes, it "stops" working because the nose heals, which means the cautery has its job. But it can work again if the bleeding is from the same problem. A dozen "severe" nosebleeds does not sound like fun and can get messy and even lead to dizzy/fainting problems if they are too big. So, it's near time to go get that nose checked and see if something will be necessary to quell those bleeds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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