I had my nose electrically cauterized on Feb. 1 after four really bad nose bleeds in five months. The doctor gave me no idea what to expect in the coming days. So far, my nose has been running a bit (clear discharge), but that's not unusual for me, especially this time of year (allergies). Should I be moisturizing the scab inside my nose? If so, with what? When will it be safe to blow my nose again? I had stopped using antihistamines for my allergies because I was told they could dry out my nose and cause it to bleed? Is it safe for me to start using them again?
Sorry for all the questions, but the doctor didn't answer any of them Friday, and he has told me I don't need a follow up visit. I'm kind of on my own.
I'm in a similar position. Today is day 6 and my nose drips a watery, slightly yellow fluid which I have been told can resul from the blood that was built up in my sinuses after nasal packing with a balloon catheter. Have you ever heard of this happening? Any idea when it will stop?
Since I don't know your particular case or have a way of examining you, I can't specifically comment on the source of your drainage, nor would it be possible to even guess at the duration. I am very sorry, but your treating medical provider is really the best source for these patient-specific answers.
FYI, I sometimes have the same discharge you describe, and today is day 9 for me. The ENT I saw has, unfortunately, made himself unavailable for follow-up questions, so I'm winging it. I'm assuming that if my nose isn't bleeding, swollen or painful, then things are OK.
My 6 year old son had his sinuses cauterized, his tonsils and adenoids removed and tubes put in his ears all at once. His nose started scanning nicely then stopped bleeding yet today 4 days later, it's bleeding dripping red blood. Not only that he woke up yesterday morning with blood around his lips from his throat... I looked at it and it seems to be right but in terrified something is wrong and I can't get ahold of anybody.. Seeing as I understand you don't know specific details on his case, could you offer some advice?
I never had my nose packed, but my nose stopped dripping after a couple of weeks. Keeping my nose moisturized with Vaseline seemed to help the healing a lot. And the good news is, I haven't had a nose bleed since I had the cauterization.
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