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After having septoplasty procedure, when can I clean my nose and breath through it?

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Dr. Farhad Sigari
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Salt water rinse

After a septoplasty, there is usually blod clots and crusting that can linger in the nasal cavity.
Generally it is safe to use a saline mist spray or even a saline rinse (no tap water - distilled water only). Your surgeon would be the best to tell you what else you can do. If it is really bothersome, your surgeon can usually clean out the nasal cavity in the office if the home remedies dont work.

In brief: Salt water rinse

After a septoplasty, there is usually blod clots and crusting that can linger in the nasal cavity.
Generally it is safe to use a saline mist spray or even a saline rinse (no tap water - distilled water only). Your surgeon would be the best to tell you what else you can do. If it is really bothersome, your surgeon can usually clean out the nasal cavity in the office if the home remedies dont work.
Dr. Farhad Sigari
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Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: About a week

During the first week you should be careful to not forcefully blow you nose because of bleeding risks.
After a week or so you can frequently use nasal saline spray and gently clear it. The breathing will gradually improve as the swelling goes away. Be careful to not bump your nose during the first month.

In brief: About a week

During the first week you should be careful to not forcefully blow you nose because of bleeding risks.
After a week or so you can frequently use nasal saline spray and gently clear it. The breathing will gradually improve as the swelling goes away. Be careful to not bump your nose during the first month.
Dr. John Hoffmann
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Dr. Houtan Chaboki
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: Septoplasty care

Each nasal surgeon has their own post-surgical care instructions.
Commonly, saline rinse and an ointment is used twice daily after surgery to keep the nose clean and moist. One should be able to breath better soon after surgery, but it may take several weeks to appreciate the improvement.

In brief: Septoplasty care

Each nasal surgeon has their own post-surgical care instructions.
Commonly, saline rinse and an ointment is used twice daily after surgery to keep the nose clean and moist. One should be able to breath better soon after surgery, but it may take several weeks to appreciate the improvement.
Dr. Houtan Chaboki
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine

In brief: Post septoplasty

Best person to ask this question is the surgeon who did the procedure since (s)he has far more experience with healing times, & possible complications.

In brief: Post septoplasty

Best person to ask this question is the surgeon who did the procedure since (s)he has far more experience with healing times, & possible complications.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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