I spoke with a pediatrician who recommended cauterization. I was told that these days cauterization is nothing, a two second, in-office procedure that doesn't even hurt. The ENT touches the troubling blood vessel with a tiny bit of a chemical and zap, no more trouble. I scheduled an appointment. However, during the office visit with the ENT, he explained that he does not find the chemical cauterization of singular blood vessels effective.
"I recommend you try other options first," he said, "If you still elected to do cauterization, I will perform a liquid nitrogen cauterization that destroys all the blood vessels in one side of the nose. Since this does hurt, it is done under general anesthesia. The downside is that blood vessels are supposed to supply the central nose membrane. Without them, the membrane can develop a hole. This will whistle. Furthermore, the nose can eventually collapse."
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By Cara Eisenberg
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