Are you dealing with chronic nasal congestion that makes it difficult to fully breathe out of your nose? While there are many conditions and factors that can lead to persistent nasal congestion and pressure, one of the most common causes is a deviated septum, in which the thin wall of cartilage that divides the nasal passages is crooked. While not all deviated septum's will require treatment or repair, if you are dealing with severe nasal congestion or difficulty breathing then our otolaryngologist may recommend certain interventions to alleviate your symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms of a Deviated Septum
Along with nasal congestion, you may also experience these other symptoms,
- Sinus pressure
- Trouble breathing
- Postnasal drip
- Sinus infections
- Treating a Deviated Septum
Some people don’t even know that they have a deviated septum. Often times they come into the office because of persistent sinus infections or nasal congestion and they are often surprised to find out that the cause is a deviated septum. You may have had a deviated septum from birth or it’s possible that an injury caused this problem. Before turning to surgery to fix the problem, we will offer nonsurgical treatment options to help get your nasal congestion under control. The most common treatment option is a nasal steroid spray. We can also recommend certain lifestyle modifications to help correct other issues such as snoring.
If medication and other nonsurgical treatment options don’t provide you with relief then you may require surgery in order to repair the septum. You may also need to consider surgery if your deviated septum makes it nearly impossible to breathe out of one or both nostrils or if you are dealing with persistent inflammation or infection as a result.
Surgery to correct a deviated septum is known as a septoplasty, and this minimally invasive procedure is performed through the nostrils to correct the misaligned septum. During surgery, our ENT surgeon will remove excess cartilage and bone from the septum in order to correct its alignment. The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia and takes about 1-2 hours.
If you are dealing with nasal congestion or other problems due to a deviated septum it’s important to have a proper medical evaluation to find out how to manage your symptoms. Call Hillcrest Ear, Nose & Throat today at (619) 294-2350.
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