How to Clean My Nose After Deviated Septum Surgery
Cleaning your nose
- 1). After surgery, your nose needs special treatment to heal properly. Apply cold packs to your nose for the first 24 to 48 hours. Your nose may periodically bleed as part of the draining process, if so, apply a new gauze under your nose until it stops bleeding.
- 2). If your nose begins crusting, your doctor may prescribe a nasal saline solution to relieve congestion, loosen crusting and provide comfort. To use, bend your head to one side and gently insert the tip of the saline solution in each nostril, pushing the top down so the solution sprays uniformly. Repeat on the other side.
- 3). To clean the nostrils, soak a Q-tip with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water, then gently insert into one nostril, twirling the Q-tip around and allow to dry. Grab a new Q-tip and repeat the process in the other nostril. Clean daily and apply an antibiotic ointment to the inside of the nostrils.
- 4). To clean an incision on the outside of the nose, grab a new Q-tip and soak in the hydrogen peroxide and water solution. Gently roll the Q-tip across the incision and allow to dry. Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment over the incision up to three times a day.
- 5). If your doctor prescribed a nasal solution, continue to use the nasal spray for several weeks, you can also apply an ointment like Vaseline to the nostrils with a sterile Q-tip.