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Too much cold air entering the nostrils

Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) | Last Active: Dec 7, 2022 | Replies (117)

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@judieg-was your surgery just a septoplasty by itself or were there additional procedures with it?

What were your issues pre-surgery?

This can absolutely happen due to septoplasty. ANY alterations to the nasal cavity are going to make the airways larger. This can cause feelings of dryness, cold air due less contact with mucosal structures, which is needed for the slowing, moisturizing and humidification of air. This problem is all too common yet never discussed. These are airflow dynamic issues that cause physiological side effects of the natural nasal mucosa and nerves.
You can ask your surgeon about this.

When this was brought up to your surgeon, were you told saline rinses, gels and humidification?

The best advice I could offer is humidification for a subjective soothing feeling.

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I had a Septoplasty, and about 4 months later, I had Balloon Sinuplasty, on the left sinus, due to it being squeezed together because of the deviated septum. Prior to the Septoplasty, I was having bad migraines and just feeling horrible. I would equate the misery that I was felling to having a really bad sinus infection, though I'm not really sure if that's an accurate description of the misery I felt. It was terrible sinus pressure, that became constantly. This went on for about 5 years. After so many different medications, my primary care doctor sent me to an ENT. After a CT scan of my sinuses, I found out that I had a deviated septum. So I had septoplasty. After my septoplasty, I felt almost back to normal for 1 month exactly to the day. Then my sinus pressure and misery came back, which led me to get the Balloon Sinuplasty. And I don't think the Sinuplasty has helped me at all, because I still feel tremendous sinus pressure, and misery. I saw a different ENT this past Friday. He says he can't find anything wrong with my sinuses, and that my Septoplasty and Ballon Sinuplasty surgery, that the other ENT did, looks great, and that my sinuses also look great. He recommended that I limit analgesics to about twice a week and continue with nasal antibiotics (prescription Flonase) and nasal rinses. I go back to see him in about 5 weeks. What I think is, my left sinus, the one in the back, (sorry, I'm sure what it's called), isn't draining properly, and is causing my misery. I also think, the left nostril again, is open too much, and I'm breathing too much air in, which is causing further problems for me, although the ENT says, both of theses are not true.