The directions below may be modified by your physician:
If you were prescribed an antibiotic, take it as directed with food. Should you develop any side effects from this prescription, or if you have any other questions or concerns please contact our office immediately at 704-752-7575.
Nasal congestion should be expected for up to 10 days after your procedure. For severe congestion, you may use Afrin nasal spray (2 sprays in each nostril every 12 hours) for no longer than 5 days. You may also use the Afrin as instructed above as needed for bloody nasal drainage following the procedure.
Begin performing medicated saline irrigations, if recommended by your physician, starting no later than the morning following your procedure. Irrigations should be performed twice daily. Be sure to follow the Medicated Irrigations Instruction sheet available on our web site.
- It is important to mix 4 sprays of your prescribed nasal spray, a salt packet and room temperature distilled water exactly to the line on the sinus rinse bottle before irrigations are performed.
- Gentle irrigations are recommended. Irrigate half of each bottle in each nostril. During the irrigation, the fluid should drain out of the opposite nostril. If that does not happen, call our office for guidance.
- Your physician may prescribe a medicated nasal saline irrigation that will be mailed to you directly from the pharmacy. You should proceed with the nasal saline irrigation regimen discussed above until you receive your medicated irrigations.
For pain relief, assuming there are no medical reasons to avoid these medications, we recommend the following regimen:
- Take 2 regular strength Tylenol (325 mg) or 1-2 extra-strength Tylenol (500 mg) every 6 hours for the first 48 hours. After 48 hours take as needed for discomfort.
- If instructed by your physician, take 3 Ibuprofen (200 mg) tablets (up to 4 if you weigh over 200 lbs) every 6 hours for the first 48 hours. After 48 hours take as needed for discomfort.
- Your physician may prescribe pain medication that you may use in place of the Tylenol if needed.
- Ibuprofen and Tylenol may be taken at the same time every 6 hours or if needed for pain.
- Should these options not control your pain, please contact our office for additional options.