Nasal douching after surgery

Information for patients from Day Surgery

Nasal douching can help to prevent the dry crusts and blood clots that can form inside your nose after surgery. This advice sheet explains how you can perform nasal douching, but if you have any questions please speak to your GP.

How do I make the solution?

Dissolve both of the following in a pint of clean water, taken from a kettle once boiled and allowed to cool.

How do I use the solution?

There are two ways of doing this.

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Do not worry if you swallow some of the liquid, it will not harm you. The solution may run out of both of your nose and mouth for maximum effect. This should not be painful, if it is you should change the method you are using.

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Can I buy the solution ready made?

Yes, ask your local chemist for more information.

How long do I need to do this for?

Nasal douching is especially helpful in the first four to six weeks following nasal surgery.

What if I have any questions or concerns?

If you have any queries (especially if you are getting increasing pain after 48 hours), please contact Day Surgery on the numbers below or your GP for advice.