I had septoplasty/turbinate reduction surgery about 3 1/2 weeks ago. It is winter and very cold outside. I have been using my saline irrigation, humidifiers, etc. and in the house it has been manageable (other than extreme dry mouth). When I go out in the cold air (in the 30's) it feels like I am breathing in fire and ice. My nose and throat want to close and it's painful and I feel like I can't breath. Help!!! Is this a normal part of healing. I was also diagnosed with bronchitis last week as well.
Did anyone else have pain/difficulty breathing cold air post septoplasty/turbinate reduction?
Added 16 Jan 2011:
I spoke to the ENT, he said that is normal and it will get better in spring. Yeah, I had my surgery on the first day of winter. Anyway, I cover my face with a scarf outside. He said it can take 2 months for the nasal muscusa to function normally after the surgery. Yikes!
I have had nasal surgery 4 times ( check with the doctor if this continues just to be on the safe side) I had some similar problems I think the cold made things worse I didn't have the dry mouth so when I went out I used disposable masks that seemed to take the edge off the cold but what worked for me might not work for you so if this continues just so that if there is something I have forgotten then the doctor will verify I do wish you the best
I just had a septoplasty less than 2 weeks ago and went outside to run errands, its about 33 degrees here in ohio, anyway my nose started burning and i got a major headache so i googled it up because my doctor never mentioned anything about this and i found your question. i go for my first post op checkup on the 16th hopefully its normal
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