How to reduce swelling & puffiness after nose surgery? – Dr. Srikanth V
After nose surgery it is very common to get swelling and puffiness of the nose. On the outside it looks swollen and on the inside it will look stuffy. There are simple things you can use to treat this. On the outside typically the surgeon needs to put a dressing on top with tapes. Sometimes we may even put with plaster of paris to keep the swelling down. It is good to keep this plaster of paris for a period of 5 to 7 days till the swelling settles down. The next thing you can do is to put some ice packs. Take some ice, put it in a plastic cover, wrap it in a handkerchief and keep it around your nose or the side of your nose keep it anywhere between two to three minutes because beyond this you are going to get very uncomfortable. You can repeat this as many times in a day as you want. Typically we advice people to keep it every 4 hours so that the swelling goes down. The third thing you can do is to prop yourself up. Either sit up or be in a reclined position or when you lie down keep two pillows so that your head is elevated. This will help to bring your swelling down. If there is swelling inside the nose you will get stuffiness and this you can treat very simply by taking steam inhalation. The steam helps to reduce the swelling. There are some saline nasal drops or some medicated drops which are available which the doctor can prescribe which will reduce the swelling of the nose. Finally if it is a very severe swelling the doctor may prescribe some kind of medications typically some enzymatic preparations which will help to reduce the nose swelling. If you do all this the stuffiness and the swelling of the nose will definitely decrease.