4 Symptoms of a Deviated Septum
Fact: Most people have a deviated septum to one degree or another. Many experts believe the number is as high as 80%. What separates the truly severe deviations from the conventional kind is the symptoms. If you have a highly deviated septum, you are more susceptible to a variety of nasal and sinus ailments that can diminish your quality of life. Scan this checklist for a quick refresher on what to look out for, and what you can do about it.
The number one symptom by far, congestion can be hard to properly diagnose. Our noses can become congested for any number of reasons, including allergies, colds and activities. If you find yourself with the sniffles at rest and at ease, however, it may be worth looking further down this page for some of the more serious symptoms.
Sounds harmless, right? But snoring is a serious problem for millions of Americans, and a frequent harbinger of dangerous issues such as obstructive sleep apnea. If you have trouble breathing quietly—or at all!—during the night, it is possible that a deviated septum is blocking an airway. Secondary symptoms may include headaches, fatigue, irritability, even depression.
Nosebleeds tend to occur more commonly when tissue is stressed or stretched in some way, rendering the structures more susceptible to tearing. If you tend to get a gusher from the slightest cold, flu or impact, that’s another good sign that a deviated septum could be to blame.
And now we come to the number one reason that I see patients with deviated septums: chronic sinusitis, including stubbornly persistent sinus infections. Because the anatomy of our sinuses requires drainage and ventilation, a deviated septum can interfere with their normal function. If you have suffered with sinusitis for more than three weeks, or if you have experienced sinus infection alongside any of the other symptoms on this list, it may be time to see an expert sinus surgeon.
The solution for a deviated septum is as elegant as it safe: a septoplasty, or septal surgery. This quick and easy procedure can open the airway and restore symmetry to your nose in a matter of hours. To schedule a consultation with an experienced sinus surgeon today, please contact my office.