There’s nothing like a bad cold to make you reconsider your decision to get the flu vaccine.
Cold and flu season is annual, but it can wreak havoc on your health after facial surgery.
Fortunately. You can take steps before and after your procedure to help prevent these two common illnesses from becoming a bigger problem for you.
This article will give tips on preventing colds or flu after facial surgery. Including why coughing spells are regular (and painful) after surgery. What makes a cough worse than others, and the benefits of rest during recovery.
● Flu is a respiratory infection cause by a virus, while viruses or bacteria cause colds.
● While both can cause similar symptoms. The flu is more severe than a cold and tends to trigger complications like pneumonia.
● The flu is also more likely to lead to death than a cold. However. even if you do catch it after facial surgery. It’s unlikely that your risk of dying from it will be any higher than usual.
Colds are a common health problem cause by many different things. One of these is the flu.
Suppose you have had your face operated on recently or have just undergone any other facial procedure.
In that case, it is essential to consider that you may have developed a cold after having surgery.
The reason for this is that your immune system may be affect by the surgery itself and by general stress that can come from being in an operating room (OR).
You can prevent getting sick while recovering from cosmetic procedures by taking some precautions:
● Resting and hydration are extremely important to avoid being sick after facial surgery.
Make sure you drink plenty of water and eat nutritious foods such as fruits. vegetables, and whole grains to keep yourself healthy during recovery.
Try not to exert yourself too much. Either emotionally or physically. So that your body has time to heal correctly without compromising its immune system further.
● Avoid dairy products like milk. Because they contain lactose which could cause symptoms such as diarrhea if consumed while recovering from a cold.
● Avoid caffeine because it dehydrates the body even more than average.
● Refrain from alcohol consumption until fully recovered due to its effects on sleep patterns. Which could compromise recovery efforts later down the road.
● Smoking should also be avoid. Since there’s evidence suggesting links between smoking cigarettes and developing pneumonia-like symptoms within 24 hours of exposure.”
Rest is essential after facial surgery to allow your body to heal and recover. For example. If you have a tummy tuck, your abdominal muscles are cut open along with the skin.
If you don’t rest appropriately after this procedure, it may take longer for them to heal correctly.
Resting is also essential for preventing infections. The human body has a fantastic healing ability that can fight off most common germs. Bugs on its own with no help from antibiotics or other medications—but only if we give it time.
Suppose you’re too active too soon after surgery. In that case. You could create openings in your skin that let in dirt and bacteria from outside (and inside) sources like towels or sheets used during recovery activities such as bathing or changing clothes.
-This would make it easier for these foreign particles to get inside your body, where they could lead.
Some coughing spells are expect. Coughing is a natural reaction to irritation from the surgery. So it’s not uncommon to feel like you have to cough up your throat after facial surgery.
-This can be incredibly uncomfortable using a trach tube or other breathing apparatus.
The best way to treat this symptom is with medication. Some basic techniques that will help your body recover more quickly.
Coughing after facial surgery is common, but it can be painful and a sign of something serious.
In most cases, the coughing should go away within a few hours. However. Some conditions could require an immediate trip to the doctor if you experience any coughing or cold symptoms following facial plastic surgery:
● Cold or Flu
● Anesthesia Reaction (rare)
● Get a flu shot every year.
● Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water (or use an alcohol-base hand sanitizer).
● Avoid people who are sick. You can do this by staying home from work. School. or other activities if you feel ill and avoiding close contact with others when they are sick.
Do not share cups, towels, or other personal items such as lip balm with anyone who is sick.
● Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands because germs spread that way too.
● Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands after being around someone sick. (for example: in a public place like an airport).
If you think you might have touched something contaminated by someone else’s illness (like their sneeze). Wash those areas thoroughly with soap and water before touching anything else that might be germ-free. like your cell phone screen or keyboard at work/home, etcetera.
We know we said it already but still worth mentioning once more for good measure.
When it comes to preventing the flu and colds, hand washing is king. But, of course, you must also get a flu vaccine yearly (check out this article for more information).
If you want to stay healthy this winter. It’s also essential not only to keep your hands clean but also to avoid touching your eyes. nose. or mouth.
In addition. If someone at work has the flu or any other virus. Stay away from them as much as possible.
The same goes for anyone who has been sneezing or coughing in public places like grocery stores. Movie theatres, and airplanes:
If they’ve been coughing anywhere near you while shopping or on your flight home from vacation. Then chances are good that their germs will reach you too.
It’s important to remember that colds and flu are common after facial surgery. But the best way to deal with them is by taking care of yourself, resting as much as possible, and being prepare.
If you follow these tips and keep yourself healthy. It will be easier for your body to recover from any illness.