Dusting iodine powder into the nose is an excellent remedy for drying up an excess of mucous discharge, if this discharge originates in the nasal mucous membrane. However, such secretions found in the nose are often in transit from one of the sinuses. Obviously in such cases any amount of medicine that requires direct application to a diseased part will be without results. This nasal "gleet" is often as annoying to the patient as the original pus, and patients complain bitterly that the discharge is just as bad as it was before the operation. If drainage and ventilation are well performed, in time, in the absence of irritation or infection, the excess mucus will eventually clear up, but this often takes years.
In some cases in which it was felt that the discharge was originating in the nasal mucosa and not collecting there on its way from the sinuses, repeated
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