What is a Nasal Septum?
The Nasal Septum is a structure that separates the nasal cavity into two. The “hard” portion that you can feel when you touch the nose, is the septum.
The septum is made up of bone and cartilage. Under the cartilage and bone, lies a pink, soft lining which is known as the mucous membrane.
Surprisingly, this is a part between the nostrils that can go ‘way back’ beyond the eyeball.
What is a Deviated Nasal Septum?
A person with a deviated nasal septum has a visible crooked or off-centered nose.
According to reports, an estimated 80 percent of people around the globe have off-centered nasal septums. Amongst this percentage, 5% visit medical professionals to get their deviated septum straightened.
What Causes a Deviated Nasal Septum?
The two main causes that lead to a deviated nasal septum are explained below-
- Due to a birth defect or during childhood, the septum can bend.
- The most common cause of deviated septum is an injury or trauma due to sports, fighting or car accidents.
What Problems Can Occur with a Deviated Nasal Septum?
People with a deviated septum suffer from a few problems on a regular basis. The crookedness of the nose poses several problems for the person with a deviated septum. Some of the possible symptoms that a person is likely to develop are-
- It becomes difficult for the person to breathe through the nose.
- Frequent episodes of nosebleeds. (Also Read: 7 Most Effective Tips to Stop Nose Bleeding)
- Infections of the sinuses.
- One nostril always stays dry.
- Loud snoring or breathing while asleep.
- The nose is congested.
- Postnasal drip
- Difficulty staying asleep
In severe cases, the deviated septum can also lead to sleep apnea.
What is the diagnosis of Deviated Nasal Septum?
The Deviated Septum doesn’t involve any major diagnosis. By simply looking at the nose, you can see a deviated septum.
But when you visit the ENT doctor, he/she checks the nose with the help of light and an instrument can help to see inside the nasal septum.
The doctor makes further diagnosis and evaluations with the help of endoscopes or telescopes. Followed by this, the doctor can ask you to do a CT scan to see the extent of the deviation.
What is the Best Possible Treatment for Deviated Nasal Septum?
There are various treatment options available for a deviated septum. When all the other non-surgical treatment options fail to provide desirable results, surgical intervention is the only way.
Here are some things that can help in getting relief from the symptoms caused due to Deviated Septum-
- Nasal sprays
- Nasal strips
Septoplasty for Deviated Nasal Septum
When the other options prove to be ineffective, then surgery is the only way to fix a deviated septum. Septoplasty is the surgery to straighten a deviated nasal septum.
In this surgical procedure, the doctor removes the extra pieces of cartilage or bone and then straightens the septum.
The septoplasty ensures an improved airflow by evenly distributing the nostrils. It takes an hour for the whole procedure to complete. The person is able to recover within 2-5 days. If you are looking for undergoing a septoplasty, visit Pristyn Care clinics today!