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Sinus Precautions

Taking a few precautions for at least 2 weeks after surgery can help prevent complications and aid in your recovery process.


Follow these instructions for 2 weeks

  1. No Nose blowing
  2. No flying, swimming or deep water submersion
  3. Avoid straining with bowel movements
  4. No strenuous activity or lifting/pushing objects weighing more than 20 pounds
  5. Sleep with your head elevated on 2 pillows
  6. No smoking/vaping


Urge to blow your nose/Nasal congestion

  • It is best to wipe away nasal secretions instead of blowing
  • Talk to your doctor before using any nasal sprays unless prescribed


  • If you must sneeze, sneeze with your mouth to avoid pressure build up and do not pinch your nose closed


  • Cough with your mouth open

Constipation/Straining with bowel movement

  • Certain pain medicines can contribute to constipation so only take pain medications as needed
  • Increase your fluids
  • Talk to your doctor about a stool softener or other options

When should I call the clinic?

Call the clinic if:

  • Temperature higher than 102º F.
  • You have excessive bleeding or swelling
  • You have signs of an infection, such as fever, yellow or greenish drainage
  • You have unrelieved headache, nausea or vomiting, or increased pain
  • You have changes in vision or stiff neck


This information is not specific to your child but provides general information. If you have any questions, please call the Children’s ENT clinic 612-874-1292


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