WHEN SHOULD I SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION?

Nose-bleeds:

It is normal to have bleeding from your nose after sinus surgery. Most patients will have small nosebleeds for up to 2 weeks after surgery.

You should seek medical attention if:

  • The nosebleeds are profuse (you could fill more than 1-2 cups with blood) and do not slow down or stop for many hours despite pinching your nose for 15 minutes at a time.
  • The nosebleeds are so brisk that you start feeling very weak and dizzy.
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Infection

Signs of infection include:

  • Fever
  • Purulent drainage (yellow/green) coming out of your nose. It is normal to have coloured discharge after sinus surgery. This should slowly decrease over the days after surgery. If they get worse and you also have fever, this could be a sign of infection and you may need antibiotics.
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Injury to the eye:

Signs of injury to the eye include:

  • Severe pain in your eyes or severe pressure behind your eyes
  • Swelling of your eyes or eyelids
  • Loss of vision or blurry vision
  • Bluish color (hematoma) of the tissues around your eye.

CSF leak/Meningitis

Signs of CSF leak include:

Important amount of constant dripping of clear and thin fluid from your nose when bending down or straining

Signs of meningitis include:

  • Fever
  • Confusion or excessive sleepiness
  • Severe neck pain or inability to bend your neck