Medical Questions > Conditions and Diseases > Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Forum

Sinus drainage and pressure after cauterization (Page 3)

Must Read
Do you know the three main reasons we cough? Learn common causes of cough and when coughing might indicate a more serious health problem....
Coughing is normal. But what can cause more troublesome coughs? Learn more about possible causes of cough here....
When should you see a doctor about cough symptoms? When are symptoms a sign of further complications? Learn about cough symptoms basics here....

November 14th, 2010
nasal cauterization
I got my left nostril cauterized on Wednesday november 10th in the evening. The doctor did not say much but he did tell me the down side was i could get nose bleeds for any time within 48 hrs. He also told me to put vaseline in my nostril and but a humidifier. Today is Sunday November 14th 7 pm and i just had another short nose bleed. I hope i dont have to go back. This is very annoying.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied November 10th, 2011
I would be curious if you ever got another nose bleed after the one a few days later (reported above). Your story sounds similar to mine. I had mine done Monday evening and it's now Thursday afternoon and while trying to pull a little discharge from the edge of my nose (right against the boney middle part) I managed to give myself a small nose bleed. I certainly wasn't anywhere near the septum (top of the nose) where my cauterization was but I'm wondering if a) The dryness in this room (I forgot my humidifier at Job #1, I'm at Job #2 now) may have had anything to do with it and if the tissue I was using to help get the discharge out might have snuck up and touched the cauterized vessel.

Just curious if that one (3 days later) is the only one you had or if more came about after...
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied December 13th, 2010
Also glad to have found this. I had mine done 4 days ago on a vessel fairly close to the front of my nose. The pain in my teeth is pretty bad and I've been sleeping with my head elevated. I had this done once before about 20+ years ago and remember it being painful afterwards, but it was farther back in my nose. I told the ENT it had been painful, he and the nurse joked about it. I'm thinking- really?? I was again in awful awful pain following the procedure for at least 5 hours, my entire head hurt and it still isn't back to normal!!
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied December 14th, 2010
thank you!
Thank you to all who shared their experiences. I am so relieved I found this site! Like many of you, my doctor did NOT warn me of these side effects after the procedure. I had a full, busy day after my cauterization, walking all over town, finishing up my final projects at school, etc. My teeth hurt like crazy, I am getting a ton of nasal drip, and my throat is sore. My throat is most definitely sore because I have to breathe out of my mouth rather than my nose, which dries it up. I am also getting a tiny bit of bleeding. Not anything to worry about, though....

That gray crusty thing that fell out that you are all speaking of is actually a dissolving bandage, which is applied to the scab. My doctor told me that it would eventually fall out, and it will be a blackish/gray color. Mine already fell out.

Again thank you all for sharing. I feel much better now! Phew.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied January 7th, 2011
The nose pain from hell
I am so pleased I found this site! I am sat in bed with a runny clear mucus nose! As everyone else I had no indication of any after affects. My top teeth hurt and I am breathing through my mouth. I am dreading not being able to sleep tonight! I have silver nitrate under my right nostril-only had the one done- and it is quite visible. I have been told it stains the skin and wears off as your skin sheds. Not great news. Dreading this scab business everyone has talked about! I hope this works and it ends all the stressful nosebleeds. Am disappointed that they don't inform you of after affects, I would have still got it done but now weekend plans ruined! Got to go back in 1 month to have the other nostril done too. Dreading it. Hope everyone ok and keeping fingers crossed I don't have a horrid scab!
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied January 23rd, 2011
My daughter just had both sides cauterized. Not much pain but she has the constant drainage. One thing she does have is a bad 'onion' taste that makes her sick.
Anyone else have this? How long does it last?
Thanks!
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied March 11th, 2011
Scared of cauterization
I have been having very frequent nosebleeds, (like 4 a day). It has been causing me very much grief. I am debating wether or not to get my nose cauterized. What am wondering from everyone who posted, is it worth it? I am very involved in musical theater and I fear that cauterizing my nose may affect my singing.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied March 12th, 2011
Silver Nitrate Stains, and Care
Per the silver nitrate stains: I was able to mostly scrub it off with a damp cotton round sprinkled with table salt. As a warning, I had to scrub HARD and I definitely made the skin somewhat raw, but for me, it's better than walking around with a brown/gray stain hanging out of my nose. Perhaps the same could be accomplished with a more gentle, patient touch, but I frankly didn't have the patience... Also, I've had this done before, and STRONGLY recommend not pulling anything out of your nose. It can be painful, and make the healing take much longer. The scabby thing will fall off and come out like a booger after a week or two. Also, do keep your nose moist with vasoline/neosporin several times a day, and spray with saline solution as much as 7 times per day to keep moist. If you live in a dry climate, you'll want to invest in a good humidifier, and get used to using the saline solution throughout the day (forever). If you continue to get nose bleeds in the same side of the nose that you had cauterized, then the dr. likely missed the offending vessel OR did not cauterize deep enough, and instead, merely cauterized the tissue surrounding the vessel, without actually getting the vessel, which will make your problem worse (I've had this happen...). Obviously an aggressive cauterization is worse at the time, but definitely pays off.
Hope this is helpful.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied April 25th, 2011
the one thing my doctor did tell me was there would be a black mark at the bottom the the nostral and that is from the meds they put to freez you.. he said to just wash my face/nose everyday wish soap and water and it should go away with in 3 days. He didn't tell me however how running my nose would be and how crappy I'd feel. like all of a sudden I got a head cold. He also didn't mention not to blow my nose which I've been doing since I got home at 4 this afternoon. How can I not blow my nose?!?!?!?! Thanks for sharing everyone
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied May 20th, 2011
I got my nose cauterized yesterday after a severe bloody nose but i wish my fiance who gets bloody noses all the time would have met me sooner in the ER before the doc went silver nitrate happy because i am 23 years old and this was my first ever bloody nose i bled for an hour but i really dont think the cauterization was necessary i was sick for the past few days and had the sniffles so my nose was bleeding bc it was dry i would have much rather the doc pack my nose because i have to be in SC in a week and i dont feel like going with silver nitrate all over my nose!

Well anyways yes the silver nitrate is a mess and it looks horrific i hope makeup covers it. As for the pain i experienced burning of the nostril a headache and some tooth ache i took a Tylenol extra strength PM (b/c ur only able to have Acetaminophen, NO ibuprofin or anything else) and the pain was gone within minutes and i knocked out and fell asleep i woke up in the middle of the night with crusties so i put bacitracin in and around my nose with a q-tip. I am still getting over my cold so my drippy nose is probably much worse then all of yours but i just make sure my nose is lubricated well inside and out bc i cant deal with anymore silver on my nose Surprised) I havent blew my nose all day although they say you can blow your nose in 12 hours im going to wait until my fiance comes home just incase it bleeds im very nervous but Tylenol PM bacitracin and tissues were my best friend and of course lots of rest
if anyone has any idea how to get the silver nitrate off faster than salt water or has an estimate of when i will look better within my nose please post! i have to be in SC next Thursday and I really want to look my best lOl
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied June 6th, 2011
Cauterization today!
I had it done this morning. I don't have any black marks that people have mentioned..I watched him do it on the camera scope and it looked pretty tidy in there when he was done. He said my nose would run a lot for a while and that when I blow it it might have grey stuff in the tissue. He never said not to blow it, and I've been sneezing non-stop since I left the office so it's making me nervous that people said their drs. told them not to do theses things! I've gone thru 2 boxes of tissues at work so far today! He said if I didn't have anti-biotic cream at home, to just use cocoa butter for 3 days or so. It was slightly more traumatic than I thought it would be. The pain-killer stuff they prep you with before and put in after stings a lot. I wish I'd had someone go with me and taken the day off work.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied June 8th, 2011
update
Replying to my own post to say at 2am the night after the procedure I woke up with my nose bleeding profusely. He warned me that cauterization might not help and could make it worse. I'm just sort of bummed out because it was such a difficult painful day having it done. *sigh* Oh well. He's recommended surgery but I'm hesitant.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied June 10th, 2011
Owww
After mine got cauterized 3 days ago, it felt fine until the numbing stuff wore off that day. My teeth and gums hurt so bad. Incredible pain. Today my face hurts and my teeth and gum on the side that got cauterized are under a lot of pressure and hurt. My nose is bleeding still and I feel worse. I hope it improves soon.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied June 10th, 2011
I had my nose cauterized yesterday and then i suffered from severe pollen allergies which forced me to sneeze a lot. Since then i have had 3 nosebleeds one (which is still happening) has lasted for over 10minutes now. Does this mean i will have to get it re-done again?
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied June 22nd, 2011
I just had my nose cauterized yesterday, 21 Jun 2011. Dr used silver nitrate. I was miserable yesterday, running nose, pain in my nose and left eye. 24 hours later my nose is still running and have some pain, but fortunately no nose bleed, nose still running some, and some pain. Seems to be getting better as it goes along. My doc gave me no instruction, so was good to read comments from those who have experience this procedure.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied June 29th, 2011
I had my right nostril cauterized Friday 24th June. Began bleeding again Saturday. I went back to A&E and was then admitted to hospital. The doctor plugged my right nostril with an inflatable balloon type of device. The device was removed approximately 24 hrs later. My right nostril was again cauterized, after which I was released from hospital. I've had a runny nose up until yesterday 28th June. Loads of crusty blood clots etc inside the nostril...which I can live with. I'm praying that the nosebleeds do not come back.

My best wishes to all who have been through, or who are at present going through this type of problem. As I read somewhere "It's not a walk in the park."
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied July 10th, 2011
Neti Pot Treatment really helped with the pain
I had the same pain everyone else is experiencing, so much so that I spoke to another different doctor. The hot pain is basically your body dealing with a burn to your nose tissue. I used a Neti pot treatment with cold water and that helped A LOT. Cooled down my whole head which was a great relief, although the runny nose did not stop for 12 hours... It took 2 weeks for my nose to stop dripping blood, and another week to fully heal... Good luck to all of you suffering!
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied July 11th, 2011
Nasal Cauterization
I found that gently using a q-tip to remove build-up in the cauterizes nostril works. I had mine done 5 days ago and am up to 4 ibuprofen every 4 hours to lessen the pain. My whole face hurts from my forehead to my jaw and into my ear. I better NEVER get another bloody nose!
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied August 23rd, 2011
I had my nose cauterized for the second time yesterday. The first time I had it done 3 years ago I experienced the same symptoms as everyone else. Constant draining sinuses, dry throat and discomfort around nose and jaw area. My nose also bled slightly days after I had it done and unfortunately I experienced nose bleed almost daily some time after the treatment hence why I had it re-cauterized yesterday.

The process was relatively painless yesterday. I could not even feel the silver nitrate stick being dabbed inside my nose, probably due to the topical anaesthetic applied up my nose 10 minutes prior (my lips were also numb from where it trickled down!). Almost immediately afterwards my nose started draining sinuses throughout the day. At night I felt a loose bogey in my nose which I blew out and was like a dark grey / black silver rubbery bogey! I have not had any other uncomfortable symptoms which I had last time round and the next day I almost feel back to normal.
|
Did you find this post helpful?
Users who thank johnthornstone for this post: idlegal 

replied August 23rd, 2011
just had mine done,and in severe pain,was given a script for ointment,but have a rotten headache and looks like i'll get a black eye into the bargain,was told by doc to avoid spicy foods,steam in shower and stooping or lifting anything heavy for the next two weeks,also if i was drinking tea or coffee to use plenty of milk in them,he didnt mention anything about blowing my nose or sneezing. Thanks to all for sharing,was a huge help to know how i'm feeling now is relatively normal!! Smile
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied October 5th, 2011
I just had my right side cauterized 2 hrs ago, and it was so unpleasant. I had reached the point where the nosebleeds were affecting me at work, since I was stuck hiding in the bathroom for 30 min trying to stop one. I felt it still in the back of my throat, so my dr got me in quick, and cauterized a few different vessels. I got the local anesthetic down my throat, felt dizzy and almost passed out, then started dry heaving from all the blood. it was horrible. I hope it works, I had it done when I was little, and it helped for about 15 years.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied November 1st, 2011
cauterization, not fun
The numbing medicine that they make you sniff back before they do the silver nitrate stick consists of lidocaine and some sort of decongestant, so that is where the sinus drip comes from. It brings out anything you had up there. I had my cauterization done last thurs and my nose dripped from both nostrils for at least two days after. I was told not to blow or pick for a week, but that didn't happen. I may have messed it up because I blew my nose yesterday, which was 5 days after the procedure. so now I probably will need it again, I'd rather deal w/ the nose bleeds than go through that again. I was told by an ENT nurse that saline spray and vaseline are helpful to use after the procedure but my Md did not give me this info. I also had all the symtoms everyone else is talking about, including the teeth pain. I would suggest taking off of work for a few days if you have to get this done, that was my mistake, and I was miserable.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied November 12th, 2011
Cauterization of my nostril
I had the procedure done yesterday on my left nostril. The doctor did not tell me about any unpleasant side effects either. It was not the most pleasant experience when I got home, and the anesthetic wore off.

The next day, today, was not a good day because I had pain in my nose and a sinus drip most of the day. I feel a little better now at the end of the day so maybe I will feel even better tomorrow.

It is a relief NOT to have nosebleeds daily!
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied November 12th, 2011
I just had the procedure done on my left nostril on 11/9/2011, right after work. I went to work the following day and by that evening was running a fever. Fever broke for awhile the following day, only to return that evening. Called the doctor and he put me on an antibiotic because I might now have a sinus infection. My teeth and gums hurt REALLY bad! Anyone else ever have a fever after this procedure?? How long will I have the teeth/gums pain?
|
Did you find this post helpful?