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Mike Dilkes is a leading Ear, Nose & Throat consultant and laser surgeon based in London. Mike has performed thousands of procedures and is acknowledged as a leading authority on the use of laser treatment. 

Blocked Nose Guide Contents

0 / Guide Introduction

1 / What is a blocked nose?

What is happening when your nose is blocked

2 / What causes a blocked nose? 

Understand what might be creating your blocked nose

3 / Ways to unblock a nose 

Surgical and non-surgical options to deal with a blocked nose

4 / Surgical procedures to unblock a nose

Understand surgical options to deal with a persistent blocked nose

5 / Recovery

Recovery from blocked nose surgery

Part 5

Recovery from blocked nose surgery

Operations in this area do not tend to be painful. However the nose does respond very quickly to stimulation - such as dryness, humidity, and temperature etc of inspired air. Surgery is a form of stimulation, so there is quite marked congestion post op usually for up to 1 week.


Use of decongestant and salt water sprays helps this immensely. Infection and bleeding can be serious, so it is routine for this author to prescribe strong antibiotics for a week after surgery with more involved nose unblocking operations such as septoplasty. 

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