A deviated septum is when the wall that divides your nostrils is crooked rather than straight, causing the nostrils to narrow at various points. If you are wondering whether you have a deviated septum, you may be wondering what are some of the more common symptoms. These symptoms include:
- Nasal blockage in one or both nostrils
- Frequent nasal congestion
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Frequent sinus infections
- Regular facial pain and sinus headaches
- Postnasal drip
- Noisy breathing during sleep (mostly infants and children)
Deviated septum symptoms
Because these symptoms are common to a number of other conditions, they are often attributed to colds, “creeping crud,” or whatever’s going around. They may be attributed to seasonal or year-round allergies. Colds and allergies can worsen symptoms of a deviated symptom, but if you are constantly suffering from these symptoms, perhaps a deviated septum is to blame.
Surgery to correct a deviated septum (called “septoplasty”) can be combined with rhinoplasty to correct the appearance of your nose at the same time you are correcting its function.
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