A nasal packing was placed in the front part of your nose (anterior) to control bleeding. This packing is made of a substance that helps your blood clot. It will soften and mix with the clot. It will melt, be absorbed, or fall out after a few days.
Follow these guidelines when caring for yourself at home:
Do not pull on the packing or try to remove it yourself during the first 3 days, unless your healthcare provider tells you to.
Do not drink alcohol or hot liquids while the packing is in place. These can dilate blood vessels in your nose and cause bleeding to start again.
Keep any appointments for packing removal. If you were asked to remove the packing at home, gently blow your nose to dislodge the pack.
If the packing stays in place blocking the nasal passage for more than 3 days you may get a sinus infection. If you cannot breathe through that nostril after 3 days, contact your healthcare provider.
Take any antibiotics that were prescribed until you have finished them.
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