How often should I rinse my sinuses after surgery?
Sinus Irrigations: You will start the sinus irrigations with the sinus rinse kits (NeilMed Sinus Rinse Kit) the day after surgery. This must be performed at least twice daily.
How soon after sinus surgery can I irrigate?
DO start your nasal irrigations the day after surgery. Irrigations must be performed at least twice a day, however it does not hurt to perform them more frequently. This is essential to the healing process. It removes the crusts that form as the nasal tissue heals and prevents scarring within the nose.
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.
How do I irrigate my maxillary sinus?
For rinsing maxillary sinuses (in your cheeks), you should turn each cheek downward slightly while rinsing that side. For rinsing sphenoid sinuses (in the back of the sinus cavities), you should aim your nose upward at the ceiling while rinsing.
How do I unclog my nose after septoplasty?
Nasal congestion may be alleviated by humidification of the nose with a cool mist vaporizer or humidifier. Your physician may insert a special packing in the nose after surgery. This will add to your general stuffiness. The packing will be removed two to three (2-3) days after surgery.
How do you rinse nasal passages at home?
Place the spout of a neti pot or the tip of a syringe or squeeze bottle just inside your nose. The tip should go in no further than a finger’s width. Keeping your mouth open, squeeze the bulb syringe or bottle, or tilt the pot to pour the water into your nostril. Remember to breathe through your mouth, not your nose.
When can I use saline spray after septoplasty?
Nasal Saline Spray: Nasal saline mist spray can be used every 2-3 hours after surgery and can make your nose more comfortable after surgery. These sprays (Ayr, Ocean, Simple Saline) are over-the-counter medications and can be purchased in any pharmacy.
How do you do a sinus rinse at home?
Stand with your head over a sink or in the shower and tilt your head to one side. Using a squeeze bottle, bulb syringe, or neti pot, pour or squeeze the saline solution slowly into the upper nostril. Allow the solution to pour out your other nostril and into the drain.
What is crusting after sinus surgery?
Crusting – During septal surgery, incisions are made inside the nose. Like incisions on the external skin, scabs will form as these heal. Mucus may also accumulate on these crusts and block breathing through your nose.
Why can’t you bend over after sinus surgery?
Avoid bending over or lifting heavy things for one week. Besides aggravating swelling, this may raise the blood pressure and start bleeding. Avoid hitting or bumping your nose for at least one week following surgery. It is not wise to pick up small children who may inadvertently bump your nose.
How do you flush a sinus sphenoid?
Sphenoid/ethmoid sinus massage
Place your index fingers on the bridge of your nose. Find the area between your nasal bone and the corner of the eyes. Hold a firm pressure in that spot with your fingers for about 15 seconds. Then, using your index fingers, stroke downward along the side of the bridge of your nose.