A deviated septum is a condition in which the nasal septum -- the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity of the nose in half -- is significantly off center, or crooked, making breathing difficult. It may not cause any problems in some people. When a deviated septum does cause symptoms, they may include:
• Difficulty breathing through the nose
• Nasal congestion, usually one side more than the other
• Recurrent sinus infections
• Sleep problems, such as loud snoring or sleep apnea
HOW IS DEVIATED SEPTUM DIAGNOSED?
An Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist may conduct a thorough nasal examination to diagnose deviated septum. He or she may order for a nose X-ray to confirm the deviation and to also check the extent of deviation
HOW IS DEVIATED SEPTUM TREATED?
Symptomatic relief for a deviated septum may achieved through medication. In case the symptoms do not disappear through medical treatment, surgical treatment called septoplasty may be required. Septoplasty may be combined with rhinoplasty or sinus surgery
DID YOU KNOW?
Chronic Sinusitis may be an indication of deviated septum