Nasal packing is a common medical procedure that is performed to control epistaxis
Nasal packing is a common medical procedure that is performed to control epistaxis (bleeding from the nose).
Nasal packing may be “anterior” nasal packing that is done by using a gauze inserted inside the nasal cavity after numbing the nasal area. The doctor will douse the gauze in an antibiotic ointment and a medication that squeezes the blood vessels shut.
In case of extensive bleeding, the doctor may need to supplement the anterior nasal pack with the posterior nasal pack. Posterior packing is done with a sterile gauze covered in an antiseptic ointment, a rubber balloon called a catheter or a nasal sponge/tampon.
Most modern posterior nasal packs contain a balloon that can be inflated with a syringe. This arrangement helps in applying an adjustable direct pressure to the site of the nosebleed.
Sometimes both the nasal cavities may need occlusion. The nasal pack is kept inside the nose for 24-48 hours.