A deviated septum is a deformity of the wall that separates one nostril from the other. It occurs when the nasal septum between your nasal passages is displaced to one side. This causes one nasal passage to be smaller than the other, obstructing breathing.

With airflow reduced by the blockage of a nostril, breathing can be difficult with a deviated septum. Crusting or bleeding may occur in certain cases when a deviated septum becomes dry from experiencing prolonged airflow.

Swelling of nasal tissue and a deviated septum can cause nasal obstruction. There are medications, as well as nasal dilators, to help treat nasal obstructions. However, surgery is necessary in order to fully correct a deviated septum.

Symptoms

You may not even know you have a deviated septum. Symptoms of a deviated septum include:

  • Postnasal drip

  • Obstruction of one or both nostrils

  • Nosebleeds

  • Facial pressure or pain

  • Noisy breathing or snoring during sleep

  • Preference for sleeping on a particular side

When to seek treatment

If you experience any of the following, you should consider seeing a physician:

  • Recurring sinus infections

  • Blocked nostril or nostrils that is unresponsive to treatment

  • Frequent nosebleeds

If you think you have a deviated septum and would like to seek treatment, schedule an appointment today.

 

 

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