About Deviated SeptumThe nasal septum is a thin wall that separates the nostrils within your nose. If the nasal septum becomes displaced over to one side or the other, it is referred to as a deviated septum. The deviation results in one of the nasal passages becoming smaller than the other, causing the patient to experience some negative signs and symptoms.
A severe deviated septum can completely block one nasal passageway, obstructing airflow in some patients. The nasal tissues can swell, and the drying effects of airflow exposure may cause the tissues to bleed as well.
Although nearly 70% to 80% of Americans have a deviated septum, not everyone will experience any symptoms of the condition. In fact, some may not recognize that they have a problem at all. It is only when the symptoms impede on one’s life that the issue needs to be resolved.
Causes of Deviated SeptumThere are several ways that a deviation in the thin wall between your nasal passages may occur, including the following:
- Injury: An injury to the face may easily damage the thin nasal wall, and move it out of place.
- Condition present at birth: Some cases of deviated septum present themselves at birth and occur during fetal development.
Common Symptoms of Deviated SeptumIn some cases, the patient may not be aware that they have a deviated septum because of the lack of symptoms. Those who do experience symptoms, however, may find the following:
- Nosebleeds: Bleeding can occur from extensive exposure to air.
- Obstruction of Nostrils: This symptom is often more noticeable when the patient is suffering from a respiratory infection or cold. If one of your nasal passageways swells and narrows, you may have a deviated septum.
- Snoring: Noisy breathing while sleeping is a definite indicator of the condition.
- Tend to Sleep on One Side: If you favor a side while sleeping, you may do so to optimize your breathing.
- Recurring Sinus Infections: The blocked airway may trap bacteria or viruses in your nasal cavity, causing recurring sinus infections.
Treating Deviated SeptumThere are several nasal surgery treatments, as well as other treatment options for this condition ranging in minor to major depending on the severity of your case. They include:
- Medication: Decongestants are a great way to clear out the mucus blocking the nasal passageways and the sinuses. You can either take oral medication or use a local decongestant or steroid spray to treat the issue. Keep in mind that several decongestant nasal sprays are habit-forming.
- Rhinoplasty: Surgical reconstruction of the nose and septum can help to repair damage. Our miVIP team of professionals uses minimally invasive techniques to complete the process, speed up recovery time and maximize results.
- Septoplasty: This surgical option simply involves repositioning the septum, and removing any tissue that is blocking the airway.
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