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 it actually is and how it can affect your life.
1. What is a Deviated Septum?
It 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?
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: 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?
Treatment may vary. The doctor may want to treat symptoms and problems 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 this condition or suspect you might, discuss your symptoms with Dr. Pasha today.