Nasal Congestion and Deviated Septum: Signs and Symptoms

If you have difficulty breathing through your nose and can't seem to clear your congestion, it may be due to a type of nasal obstruction called a deviated septum. This is when the cartilage that divides the nasal passages is crooked or misshapen. Not all deviated septums need treatment, but if you're constantly congested or having trouble breathing, your doctor may recommend surgery.

What are the most common symptoms of a deviated septum?

The most frequent symptom of a deviated septum is congestion, which never seems to go away. Other symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Mouth breathing
  • Snoring
  • Recurring sinus infections
  • Sinus pressure

Patients may be completely unaware that they have a deviated septum. They choose to visit an ENT because of their chronic sinus issues or blockage, only to discover that the problem is a deviated septum. Some people are born with a deviated septum, while others acquire the deviation as a result of accidents. To relieve your congestion, we will provide non-surgical choices and only suggest surgery if it is absolutely necessary. The most frequent treatment option for nasal steroids is nose spray products.

Treating a deviated septum with septoplasty

If medicines and other therapies aren't helping you or your deviated septum makes it nearly impossible to breathe, surgery might be advised.

A deviated septum may be treated with a minimally invasive procedure known as septoplasty. The excess cartilage and bone will be removed from the septum to restore its alignment during the operation. The entire process should take around 1-2 hours.

After the procedure, your chronic congestion should begin to clear up.

You can find the true cause of your chronic congestion with Font ENT & Facial Plastics

Whether it's a deviated septum or something else causing your sinus pain, we can help you find the underlying cause and best treatment options.

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