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Not too long ago we discussed a procedure called Septoplasty, which is primarily dedicated to resolve a deviated septum. Today, we delve a little more into what a deviated septum is and how it can affect your life.

image of deviated septum

1. What is a Deviated Septum?

A deviated septum is a condition in which the bone and cartilage that vertically divide your nasal cavity in half – the septum – is crooked or off center.

2. Who has it?

A deviated septum is more common than people tend to estimate; approximately 80% of Americans have some sort of misalignment of the septum. However, a deviated septum is not a severe condition, and often goes undiagnosed, unless it causes significant breathing problems.

3. What are the causes?

There are 2 main causes for a deviated septum: some people are born with it; some people develop it through some sort of injury or trauma during their life.

4. What are the symptoms?

A deviated septum can play a part in causing certain breathing and nasal problems, such as: snoring, sleep apnea, nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, recurrent sinus infections, postnasal drip, nosebleeds, headache, or facial pain.

5. How is it treated?

In certain cases, the symptoms and problems caused by a deviated septum can be treated individually without fixing the position of the septum. However, there are times when it becomes necessary to straighten the deviated septum to resolve certain issues. An ENT will be able to assess the situation and give you an accurate diagnosis and course of treatment.

If you have a deviated septum or suspect you might, discuss your deviated septum with Dr. Pasha today.