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Deviated Nasal Septum

Information About Deviated Nasal Septum

We Have to Know about the Deviated Nasal Septum

  • The nasal septum is the thin wall inside the nose that separates the right and left nasal cavities. Normally it is situated in the center of the nose. In a deviated nasal septum the septum is displaced to one side

Causes of Deviated Nasal Septum

  • A deviated septum occurs when nasal septum — the thin wall that separates your right and left nasal passages — is displaced to one side
  • In some cases, a deviated septum occurs during fetal development and is apparent at birth.
  • More commonly, a deviated septum is the result of an injury to the nose
  • In infants, such an injury may occur during delivery
  • In older children and adults, a wide array of accidents may lead to a nose injury and deviated septum

Signs & Symptoms of Deviated Nasal Septum

  • Minor deviation of nasal septum may not have any symptoms. If the deviation is severe, however, it may cause the following signs and symptoms:
  • Obstruction of one or both nostrils. This obstruction can make it difficult to breathe through the nostril or nostrils
  • This may be more noticeable when you have a cold (upper respiratory tract infection) or allergies that cause your nasal passages to swell and narrow
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nosebleeds
  • Frequent or recurring sinus infections
  • Noisy breathing during sleep.

Medical advice for Deviated Nasal Septum

  • See a doctor if you experience recurring sinus infections, frequent nosebleeds or a blocked nostril that doesn’t respond to treatment within two to three weeks

Treatment for Deviated Nasal Septum

  • Medications like Decongestants, Antihistamines. Medications are only for temporary relief and they won’t correct a deviated septum.
  • Surgery is required in some cases
  • Surgery is not performed on children since they are still growing. Both surgeries are generally directed at adults ages 18 and older
Causes of Deviated Nasal Septum
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