How soon after sinus surgery can I use Afrin?
You should begin to use a saline spray (Ocean Nasal Spray, AYR, Simply Saline or a generic version of the nasal saline) to keep the inside of your nose clean and moist while you heal. Afrin nasal spray is also recommended for 3-5 days after the procedure, but DO NOT USE THIS SPRAY LONGER THAN 5 DAYS at any time.
Can you take a nasal decongestant after sinus surgery?
Nasal Congestion Severe nasal congestion is to be expected after nasal surgery due to swelling and sometimes due to packing in the nose. You may use decongestant spray or decongestant pills (like Sudafed®) for some relief if tolerated.
How often can you use Afrin after septoplasty?
Afrin should be used for no more than three (3) days after surgery. Rest with your head elevated, to keep swelling to a minimum. ACTIVITY: Rest at home for at least one (1) day. Gradually increase your daily activities after that.
How do you relieve sinus pressure after sinus surgery?
GENTLY apply ice packs over the nose and affected sinuses for initial 24 hours after surgery (15 minutes on/30 minutes off). We recommend giving prescription pain medication every four hours the first 24 hours, then as needed after the 24 hour period.
Is Afrin used before sinus surgery?
Afrin® (metazoline): Spray into nose 2-3 hours before surgery. You may also use after surgery if steady bleeding occurs.
Does Afrin help deviated septum?
Nasal sprays do not help a deviated septum. A deviated septum does not always need treatment. In patients who have a badly deviated septum, a surgery called a septoplasty is used to straighten a crooked septum. Nasal sprays do not help a deviated septum.
How long does it take to fully recover from sinus surgery?
You will probably be able to return to work or school in about 1 week and to your normal routine in about 3 weeks. But this varies with your job and the extent of your surgery. Most people feel normal in 1 to 2 months. You will have to visit your doctor regularly for 3 to 4 months after your surgery.
Can I use Flonase after sinus?
Avoid using nasal steroid sprays (like Nasonex, Flonase, etc) for approximately 2 weeks after surgery, unless instructed otherwise. -No bending, lifting, and/or straining for 7-10 days following your surgery.
How do you know if you have an infection after sinus surgery?
You’ll have some swelling and tenderness inside your nose after the surgery, but this is normal. You may have symptoms like a severe cold or a sinus infection. This is due to swelling, dry blood, mucus, and crusting in your nose.
How do you use Afrin after sinus surgery?
Immediately after surgery:
If steady nose bleeding occurs, tilt your head back slightly and breathe gently through the nose. Dab your nose gently with tissue, but do not blow your nose. You may use 4-5 sprays of Afrin (available in all pharmacies) every 20 minutes for 1 hour to shrink the blood vessels.
Can’t breathe after deviated septum surgery?
Most of the time complete healing in your nose is complete within 3-4 weeks. However, if you’re experiencing difficulty breathing, uncontrollable nosebleeds, or colored nasal discharge more than a week after your procedure, it’s time to call your doctor.
When will I be able to breathe after septoplasty?
7–10 days In the second week, you should notice an improvement in your breathing, as well as less pain in your nose. There will still be some crusting and dryness in your nose.