The thin wall between the nostrils is made of cartilage and bone and is called the septum. When this is off-center or crooked, it is called a deviated septum. A deviated septum may be present at birth, may become crooked during growth, or may be caused by injury to the injury and face. Nasal bones are the most commonly fractured bones in the face, and fractured nasal bones are a leading cause of an asymmetric nose. Neglected or partially reduced nasal fractures usually result in a crooked nose associated with surface depressions and irregularities. These patients often present without prior medical attention, and many recount a history of progressive nasal changes following a treatment.
HOW IS CROOKED NOSE DIAGNOSED?
An ENT surgeon diagnoses a crooked nose during the physical examination. Usually, a bright light and an instrument that help visualize the nasal septum by opening the nostril will help make the correct diagnosis. Some deviations are deep in the nose and may require further evaluation with a telescope or endoscope.
HOW IS CROOKED NOSE TREATED?
A crooked nose is an extremely common condition and many people with a deviated septum do not need treatment. Some symptoms such as a stuffy nose or postnasal drip may be alleviated with medication, including decongestants, antihistamines, or nasal sprays. In many cases, medications are tried before surgery is recommended.
DID YOU KNOW?
Nasal obstruction or rhinitis are common outcomes of a crooked nose.