Deviated Nasal Septum
What is a deviated septum?
The nasal septum is the part of the nose that separates the two airways and the nostrils. A deviated septum occurs when the septum is located off-center. Deviations of the nasal septum may develop during growth or by trauma due to a fall, a blow to the nose or surgery that make the deviation worse.
These deviations are common, and for the most part, cause no symptoms and require no treatment. However, your deviation may be severe enough to obstruct the passage of air through the nostrils. This obstruction may predispose you to sinusitis, infection and epistaxis (nose bleeds).
Treatment for a deviated septum
- Decongestants or steroid nasal sprays to reduce swelling
- Antibiotics to eliminate a suspected infection
Corrective surgery is an option if you have more persistent, troublesome symptoms. It may consist of reconstruction of the nasal septum by repositioning the nasal septal cartilage, relieving the nasal obstruction. Sometimes a rhinoplasty (reconstructive surgery commonly known as a "nose job") may be necessary, which can not only correct the nasal structure, but enhance the appearance of your nose as well.