Do you have chronic sinus problems or feel like one nostril is always congested?
You may have a deviated septum.
We Know: All About a Deviated Septum
What's a deviated septum?
The septum is the dividing wall within the nasal cavity that creates the nostrils. But sometimes it doesn't stay right down the middle. A deviated septum occurs when this wall is crooked and obstructs one of the nasal passages.
What causes a deviated septum?
Some people are born with this condition. However, a deviated septum is commonly caused by an injury during labor and delivery. It is even possible to develop a deviated septum later in life from an injury to the nose. Anything from a sports injury to a car accident can cause the septum to shift out of place.
What symptoms are typical of a deviated septum?
Common symptoms include:
How is a deviated septum diagnosed?
The doctor typically examines the exterior and interior of the nose. A nasal speculum may be used to get a better look at the inside the nostrils. You will typically be asked if you have received trauma to your nose to help determine the source of the problem.
How is a deviated septum treated?
Surgery is the only way to fix a deviated septum. The surgeon moves the septum into the center of your nose where it belongs. Sometimes, reconstructive surgery must be performed on the outside of the nose as well to ensure it is proportioned. Most patients experience greater airflow in each nostril after a sufficient recovery period has passed.