Disclaimer: Don’t assume by the title of this blog that you should, in fact, fix your deviated septum by yourself. That’s just silliness. What we mean is if you have a septum and it happens to be deviated, you should consider getting it fixed for health reasons.
For those who don’t know what we’re talking about, read this description from WebMD: “A deviated septum is a condition in which the nasal septum — the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity of the nose in half — is significantly off center, or crooked, making breathing difficult. Most people have some sort of imbalance in the size of their breathing passages.”
So, a crooked nose, basically.
Reasons to fix your deviated septum
But it’s not just cosmetics you need to worry about, it’s your health. For instance, someone with a deviated septum may struggle with chronic sinusitis – a condition where sinus infections last longer than 4 weeks and are more frequent.
Chronic sinusitis is a debilitating thing to live with. The pain and pressure of a normal sinus infection, multiplied. Imagine the sinus headaches, facial pain, congestions, and post-nasal drip being much stronger than they could be. That’s what it’s like for many people with a deviated septum.
On top of that, a deviated septum can lead to loud snoring. I guarantee if you’re in the same household as someone else; they don’t appreciate that part of you. Nor should they.
They may also cause:
- Blockage of one or both nostrils
- Nasal congestion, sometimes one-sided
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Noisy breathing during sleep (infants and young children)
How do you fix a deviated septum?
One of the main treatments for a deviated septum is called septoplasty – a surgical procedure performed entirely through the nostrils, accordingly, no bruising or external signs occur. The surgery might be combined with a rhinoplasty, in which case the external appearance of the nose is altered and swelling/bruising of the face is evident. Septoplasty may also be combined with sinus surgery if need be and can be done with a local or a general anesthetic; usually done on an outpatient basis. After the surgery, nasal packing is inserted to prevent excessive postoperative bleeding. If a deviated nasal septum is the sole cause for your chronic sinusitis, relief from this severe disorder will be achieved.
If you or a loved one needs treatment, call 770-740-1860 or fill out the form at the top, for a same-day appointment.