A Tip to Prevent Nose Surgery Infections

Many people interested in nose surgery seek out the procedure because of repeated nasal congestion and sinus infections, among other medical conditions. Add this to the risk for infection following surgery that exists with all medical procedures, a closer look at methods to reduce the risk of infection is important. Plastic surgeons take precautions to reduce the risk of infection following nose surgery. There are also tasks that you may perform to reduce the risk of infection.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that white blood cells cluster together in nasal and sinus mucous to produce a toxic protein. The level of toxic protein in patients prone to sinus infections far exceeded the amount necessary to damage membranes and creates infection susceptibility. In fact, the quantity of mucous was not relative, but the quality of mucous was.-1- Plastic surgeons will remove nasal mucous during nose surgery to reduce the risk of infection. However, the development of an infection may relate to the body’s biological response of producing toxins in mucous.

By the same token, there are guidelines that your plastic surgeon will recommend to reduce the risk of infection from nose surgery. There is also the number one way to prevent infection following nose surgery- hand washing. Hand washing is particularly important following nose surgery because of the desire to touch the nose or provide care to the nose following nose surgery. Tips help to ensure appropriate hand washing techniques are, as follows:

Washing Times: Washing hands before and after daily living tasks, including: after restroom use, bodily fluid contact such as sneezing, before and after nose touching, before food preparation and eating.

Times When You Can’t Wash: Anti-bacterial hand sanitizers containing more than 60% alcohol help prevent the spread of infectious microorganisms.

Water Temperature: Cold water has not been found to be effective for hand cleansing. Hot water may be drying to the skin. Warm water may be the best temperature choice for hand cleansing.

Lather: Lathering by rubbing your hands together for more than 30 seconds helps to ensure clean hands, nails and between the fingers.

Rinse: Starting with your wrists first, rinse your hands to provide for cleanliness.

Faucet Turn Off: Use a paper towel or washcloth to turn the faucet off. Bacteria can be found on faucets.

-1- http://www.bio-medicine.org/biology-news/Chronic-Sinus-Infection-Thought-To-Be-Tissue-Issue–Mayo-Clinic-Scientists-Show-Its-Snot-831-1/

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