If you have just had a nose job or are about to get one, you may want to limit excess use of drugs to aid in your recovery. Luckily, most patients only need a pain pill for the first few days. After that you can switch to all natural and homeopathic remedies to speed up the healing process. Not only are there herbs, vitamins and supplements that will help your body recover, but there are things that you have already lying around your home that can be a big help as well.
Items around the home
Stack of pillows-A big stack of pillows can be used under your head to keep the blood flow in your face to a minimum. This will help reduce swelling in your nose. Try to keep your head at an angle rather than flat to promote drainage.
Ice-An ice compress can be applied every twenty minutes to reduce pain and swelling.
Take your vitamins
Vitamin C- Vitamin C can help to speed up the healing process by helping your immune system.
Vitamin K- Vitamin K can help to reduce bruising.
*Avoid Vitamin E which thins the blood and may promote deeper bruising and a longer healing time*
Arnica Montana- Arnica supplements can be consumed to reduce bruising. After the nose cast comes off (about a week later) arnica gel may be applied to the nose itself.
Bromelain- Bromelain is derived from the pineapple plant. This supplement reduces swelling all over but seems to especially target the sinus area. Drinking or eating pineapple does not have the same effect because Bromelain is from a different part of the plant.
Meals- Eating healthy meals with lots of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins will help your body to recover.
No salt- Foods that are high in sodium will make you retain water and increase swelling.
Lots of water- Drinking lots of water will also flush out sodium and can help minimize swelling.
No alcohol- It may be tempting to celebrate your new nose with a bit of bubbly, but drinking will dehydrate you and can prolong the recovery process.
And don't forget to take it easy! Make sure you get at least a week of down time so that your body can relax and recover. Now is the time to dig into that juicy novel or plow through your video queu. Have these items available and ready to go so you can just hop into bed and focus on healing. For more information about rhinoplasty, talk to a doctor like William M. Parell, MD, PSC.Share
12 November 2015
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