Deviated Septum Surgery in Tardeo, Mumbai
The cartilage present in the nose is known as the septum. The septum normally sits exactly in between, separating the nostrils. However, in some people, the septum is not very even, and hence, one nostril is bigger than the other. When the unevenness is severe, it is known as a deviated septum.
But not everyone has a centralized septum, almost 80% of the population has some degree of deviation. However, it is only a problem if the deviation is causing health problems.
What is the Cause of a Deviated Septum?
Deviated septum can either be congenital or can occur due to an injury as a result of the fighting, contact sports, or an accident. This condition can deteriorate with age. When the deviated septum becomes severe, it can block one side of the nose that can reduce the airflow, and can cause bleeding or crushing.
What are the Symptoms of a Deviated Septum?
Generally, aforementioned, most people have deviated septum and since it is very minor, you may not notice any symptoms. Still, some of the symptoms include;
- Unable to breathe through the nose
- You may notice that one side of the nose is easier to breathe when compared to the other
- You may have frequent nosebleeds and sinus infections
- Noticing dryness in one nostril
- When you sleep, you snore or breathe very loudly
- You experience nasal pressure or congestion
- In some cases, nasal defects can lead to facial pain
- You may prefer to sleep on a particular side
When Should You See a Doctor?
You must see a doctor if you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms or a blocked nostril that’s not getting better if you have nosebleeds, or due to frequent sinus infections.
Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Pune
Call 1860-500-2244 to book an appointment
How is Deviated Septum Diagnosed?
To diagnose your condition, your doctor will first examine your nostrils with the help of a nasal speculum. He will then check for any deviation and the septum’s placement and if any deviation, he will check if it impacts your health adversely. You will also be questioned on your sleep habits if you snore, sinus, and breathing problems if any. You can get in touch with an ENT if you have been facing any problems because of your deviated septum.
How is it Treated?
In most cases, there is no need for any treatment. However, if the condition is severe, surgery might be recommended to correct the deviation. If not surgery, your doctor may also recommend other treatment options, such as medications and decongestants to reduce the symptoms.
For some people, deviated septum changes with time. As you age, your experience changes in your face and noses and this can worsen the condition. This can also lead to changes in the symptoms. If your doctor suggests surgery, you can also check with your insurance to check if it covers deviated septum repair as most insurances usually do. But always recheck.
If you notice symptoms of a deviated septum, don’t panic as it doesn’t mean it is a severe condition. Talk to your doctor and get it checked to understand your condition.
As mentioned earlier, if it is not a congenital condition, it can occur because of an injury. Therefore, it is important to wear a helmet while playing contact sports as it can prevent any injury. Also, it is important to wear a helmet while riding a motorbike and a seatbelt while you drive or sit in the front seat of a car.
If you have a severely deviated septum, it can lead to complications, such as dry mouth, which can occur due to breathing via the mouth, experiencing pressure in the nose, and disturbed sleep.
No, not really, it doesn’t damage the septum.
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