What are the Symptoms of a Deviated Septum?

What are the Symptoms of a Deviated Septum?

A deviated septum is a condition where the thin wall (nasal septum) between your nostrils is displaced or deviated, making one nasal passage smaller than the other. Not everyone with a deviated septum experiences noticeable symptoms, but when symptoms do occur, they can include:

  • Nasal Congestion: Difficulty breathing through the nose due to reduced airflow in the narrower nasal passage.
  • Nosebleeds: Frequent or recurrent nosebleeds, often due to dryness or irritation caused by airflow obstruction.
  • Facial Pain or Headaches: Pain in the face, especially around the nose or sinuses, and recurring headaches, often associated with sinus pressure.
  • Noisy Breathing During Sleep: Snoring, snorting, or noisy breathing during sleep due to restricted airflow.
  • Frequent Sinus Infections: Recurring sinus infections, sinusitis, or sinus congestion due to difficulty draining mucus from the affected nasal passage.
  • Postnasal Drip: Excess mucus dripping down the back of the throat, leading to a persistent cough or throat irritation.
  • Alteration in Sense of Smell: A reduced sense of smell or taste, potentially due to the blockage or irritation caused by the deviated septum.
  • Increased Susceptibility to Respiratory Infections: Greater susceptibility to respiratory infections, colds, or flu due to compromised nasal airflow and impaired mucociliary clearance.
  • Snoring or Sleep Apnea: Loud or disruptive snoring during sleep, which may also be associated with sleep apnea in severe cases.
  • Breathing Difficulty during Physical Activity: Shortness of breath, especially during exercise or physical exertion, due to reduced airflow.
  • Mouth Breathing: Habitual breathing through the mouth, especially during sleep or when the nasal passages are blocked.
  • Eye Irritation: Watery or irritated eyes, often due to tear ducts compensating for nasal blockage by producing excess tears.
  • Recurrent Ear Infections: Increased frequency of ear infections, particularly in children, due to impaired Eustachian tube function.
  • Facial Asymmetry or Obvious Deviation: In some cases, the nose may appear crooked or asymmetrical, especially when looking in a mirror.

It’s important to note that a deviated septum can be congenital (present at birth) or result from injury to the nose. If you suspect you have a deviated septum or are experiencing persistent nasal symptoms, consulting an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist or a healthcare professional for a thorough evaluation and appropriate treatment is advisable. Treatment may include medications, nasal sprays, or in some cases, surgical correction of the septum (septoplasty).

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