Symptoms of a Deviated Septum
Nasal deviation is not typically a problem and some degree of deviation is present in nearly every individual. In cases where the cartilage has become so deformed that it blocks an air passage, breathing problems may develop. In most cases, only one nostril is affected by a deviated septum, as the deviation tends to bend the septum more in one direction.
The symptoms of a deviated septum can range in severity and include:
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Facial pain
- Nasal congestion
- Sleeping problems – mostly snoring or sleep apnea
- Postnasal drip
- Recurrent sinus infections
The symptoms of a deviated septum can easily be mistaken for a number of other nasal problems, including chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, and enlarged turbinates. As such, a deviated septum cannot be diagnosed based on symptoms alone. A physical and visual examination is required to make the final diagnosis.
While some medications can help temporarily relieve symptoms that were caused by a deviated septum, the benefits of a septoplasty surgery are permanent. After surgery, many of Dr. Furze’s patients report that they are able to “breathe freely” for the first time in many years.