Nasal cautery is a procedure undertaken to seal a blood vessel in the nose that is causing recurrent nosebleeds.
A topical local anaesthetic is applied on cotton wool and placed in the nasal cavity for about 15 minutes. After removing the cotton wool the vessel to be cauterised is identified. A silver nitrate stick is applied around the vessel until it has sealed.
The procedure is not usually painful but may "sting" a little.
Antibiotic cream is prescribed after the procedure to be used for 5 days. The patient is advised to avoid contact sports, hot baths and not to fly for the following 10 days.