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    Painful sore throat after nasal cauterization
    lizgr86 posted:
    I had one side of my nose cauterized with silver nitrate this past Monday 4/28. The whole experience was worse than I expected, the doctor didn't give me much warning of what I would feel and it hurt a lot.

    Once he started putting the silver nitrate (it felt like he was putting a lot of it), I could feel the nitrate mixed with blood going to the back of my throat and it was felt like my throat was stinging. I complained a bit and he said it was going to taste funny and that was it.

    After he was done, he said it looked good and there was an 80% chance this would stop my bleeding. My eyes were watering the entire time and I looked like a mess. I went home and then had to call him because the pain was bad, they told me I could take Ibuprofen. That helped with the pain and the headache but my throat still hurts a lot.

    I can't tell if maybe I am getting sick with a cold or the flu because my nose feels stuffed (they told me it would feel that way and that I'd have trouble breathing). I've been sucking on chloraseptic lozenges which usually work but this time they are not helping.

    I'm just wondering if this is normal, I keep telling myself that as the days go by I will feel better.
    lizgr86 responded:
    Well, if anybody out there is reading, it seems I just ended up catching a cold too. I could still sort of taste the silver nitrate and that made it worse. It's been a week now and my throat no longer hurts, now I just have a bad cough.
    atti_editor replied to lizgr86's response:
    Hi lizgr86,

    I am glad to hear that you are feeling better and that you were able to find out what was causing your symptoms. I hope that your cough goes away soon! Thanks for sharing your story.

    Best wishes,
    rlightning responded:
    I'm glad that your feeling better but next time why don't you try alternatives available at your home. silver nitrate is kinda like a chemical so it might have some other side effects on your health. try this if you want not that i want you to have a next time with your sore throat
    candy888 responded:
    I had this done the middle of May and it is still creating problems with breathing, green crust/infection in the nasal canal, sleeping, sore throat, sinus headaches.....and this is past the middle of June! I would never have this done again! I wasn't warned beforehand what to expect, and given no instructions for home care afterwards. I refused to go back to the same ENT so went to a different one, and of course he didn't want to speak anything negative toward his colleagues actions, so basically I'm at home dealing with this mess. I have to pull green crust/infection out of my nose on a daily basis with special tweezers I purchased for this. Sometimes this makes it bleed a bit. when doing this procedure, it gives me an ill feeling; I am not a surgeon or ENT, and did not choose these areas as a profession! I also have congestion on the other side of my nose ever since the cauterization. Now, the ENTs are scheduling a sinus ct scan to see what is going on. Like I said, I WOULD NEVER HAVE THIS DONE AGAIN, AND WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE!!!
    candy888 replied to lizgr86's response:
    I thought I was catching a sinus cold/infection as well, but now realize it was all side effects from the cauterization, and an excessive amount of silver nitrate used in the process. Luckily, I insisted that the ENT write a prescription of antibiotics at the time of the cauterization, and I took 10 days of them, which I am positive helped with the infection and prevented more from taking hold.
    tiffany198199 responded:
    had this done today. dr did not inform me of this. it was my first time in the office. he did not tell me what to expect or how painful it would be. he must have saw the pain in my eyes and told me it would go away in a few minutes. 11 hours later and i am still in pain. pain pills have not helped, i feel like i have a cold now( i never get sick, been 5 years) and just feel like my nose is broken. i would've never approved of doing this on the first visit esp if i knew the pain and after care( which he didnt inform me of) had to read online. i cant believe i cant do a cardio workout for a week and i'll be in pain for a week. i leave for vacation next week and looks like i'll be on a plane with nasal issues. i can not believe this dr did not ask me or have me sign something that allows this procedure
    candy888 replied to tiffany198199's response:
    If I had been informed of the cauterization procedure and the affects thereof, I would not have opted to have it done! I was sick for 2 months. It was done back in May of this year and my nose is still tender. There needs to be something done about this barbaric treatment of patients. An excessive amount of silver nitrate was used in my nostril, and it practically burned a hole clear through to the other nostril. I went to a different doctor for treatment while recovering, and he would not say anything derogatory about the first doctor's actions because she was his "colleague". The doctors are fully aware of the effects of a nasal cauterization, and they know that if you knew, you would never agree to have it done. Mine was done because I was having nosebleeds, but I can tell you that if I get nosebleeds again, I will bleed to death before I allow a cauterization done! There are other ways to treat nosebleeds.
    candy888 replied to lizgr86's response:
    I suspect your cough and feeling of a sinus infection is due to the cauterization procedure. I got the same thing, and it turned into a sinus infection, which I took antibiotics for. These damn doctors that do not inform the patient beforehand what to expect are nothing less than negligent. The green infectious crusts that formed inside of my nostril had to be removed every other day, and it was not easy to do this myself. But I couldn't keep going into the doctors office to have it done. Horrible experience.....never again.

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