How long does it take for breathing to feel normal after septoplasty/ turbinate reduction? I had the surgery three months back, and my nose still feels stiff and breathing dry and cold at times. Please help.
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It usually takes two weeks maximum for you to get back to normal. It largely depends on for what the septoplasty and turbinate reduction have been performed. If you were having allergic issues earlier, along with which a deviated nasal septum and turbinate hypertrophy, then plain surgery will be of no benefit unless you follow precautionary measures such as avoiding dust, etc.
Suppose no associated allergic problems and surgery have been done just for nasal obstruction due to anatomical deviation and no functional cause. In that case, you should get relieved within two weeks of surgery. Suppose there is no relief of recurrent obstruction as earlier. In that case, there is a possibility of under correction of the deviated part in the nose, and it is still contributing to the nasal obstruction as it was before surgery.
I am sure you have been given saline nasal drops to keep the nose moist. Usually, it is the crusts that accumulate and provide the obstructed feel. Use the nasal saline drops as much as possible for atleast a month.
If you continue to feel obstruction even after a month, you should certainly visit your operating surgeon to get this problem re-evaluated.
I hope this helps.
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