What is a Deviated Septum?
Your nasal septum is the wall that divides your nasal cavity into two halves. It is made of cartilage and thin bone covered by mucous membranes. This wall is supposed to be right in the middle of your nose leading to two equal sized passageways. If your septum is off-center, it is referred to as a deviated septum. It can cause runny nose, trouble breathing as well as chronic sinusitis.
Whether you are looking for deviated septum treatment without surgery or an effective Septoplasty, do not hesitate to call at 440-352-1474 to set up an appointment with a board-certified ENT Doctor in Concord, Willoughby, or Madison.
What Causes a Deviated Septum?
Deviated septum is more common than you may realize. About 80% of people have some degree of deviation to their septums. A noticeable nasal septum may be the result of some abnormality in the fetal development or may result from trauma. If you injure your nose and your septum is deviated, it may heal itself in that position.
What are the Symptoms of Deviated Septum?
A person with a mildly deviated septum usually shows symptom only when he/she has a cold. The infection inflames their septum causing breathing difficulties. With the clearance of the infection, the symptoms of deviated septum disappear.
If you have considerably deviated septum, you may experience following symptoms:
- Blockage of one or both of your nostrils (nostrils obstruction)
- Difficulty breathing
- Nasal congestion
- Recurring sinus infections
- Postnasal drip
- Facial pain
- Sleep disorders including noisy breathing during sleep
What are the Risk Factors for Deviated Septum?
If you are involved in activities that increase your chances of head and facial injuries, you are at a higher risk for deviated septum. Following factors can increase your facial trauma and deviated septum risks:
- Riding a motor bike without helmet
- Being involved in high speed motor sports
- Having a propensity to fight
- Playing contact sports
- Working in a physically unsafe environment
When Should I see a Doctor?
If your nose has been disfigured or misaligned because of trauma, you should immediately see an ENT specialist to prevent the development of a deviated septum. Similarly if your nose is visibly crooked or your have chronic breathing difficulty, you should contact an experienced nose doctor to find out the root cause and avoid any further complications.
How is Deviated Septum Diagnosed?
Your ENT doctor will conduct a comprehensive physical exam of your nasal passage to find out the causal factors of your nasal obstruction and congestion. Sometimes other conditions like reactive edema or nasal swelling, allergies and nasal infections produce similar symptoms. Your doctor will carry out a few diagnostic tests to make sure deviated septum is not accompanied with any other ENT condition.
How is Deviated Septum Treated?
If you only have a mildly deviated septum and an infection or allergies are exacerbating the symptoms, following deviated septum treatment options may offer you effective relief:
- Antibiotics to clear up the infection
- Nasal sprays to bring down the inflammation
- Decongestants to help open up the airways
- Antihistamines to manage allergic reaction
For visibly deviated septum however, deviated septum surgery is the only effective option. Septoplasty is the surgical procedure used to correct the shape and position of your deviated septum. This secure procedure does not lead to any visible bruising or scarring. It can be done under local as well as general anesthesia and does not take more than an hour and a half. Septoplasty offers complete relief from chronic sinusitis.
Deviated Septum can significantly reduce the quality of your life and may be accompanied with certain serious ENT diseases and disorders. Whether you are looking for deviated septum treatment without surgery or an effective Septoplasty, do not hesitate to call at 440-352-1474 to set up an appointment with a board-certified ENT Doctor in Concord, Willoughby, or Madison.
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