Recently I watched a comedy movie, The Heartbreaker Kid starring the famous actor, Ben Stiller. One of the main characters in the movie has deviated septum, because of which she keeps blowing food out of her nose! It was really funny in the movie, but later I kept thinking about deviated septum and how it must have sucked to have it.
Let’s first know about what deviated septum is. The better understanding about it helps us to tackle as well as prevent it.
So, What Is Deviated Septum?
The nasal cavity of our nose is divided into two sections with the thin wall of bone and cartilage called septum. Septum should be located exactly midline, making passageways of equal size. The condition of the septum being off center or crooked is deviated septum.
Do you know 80% of people’s nasal septum is not located exactly midline?
Well, the problems star to occur only when it is severely off center or crooked.
Causes Of Deviated Septum
While I was researching about deviated septum, I came across many personal stories related to it. Most of the causes behind having imbalanced septum were due to different types of nose injuries. Some were hit on the nose, some fell down from a flight of stairs and some unknowingly walked into a wall. Someone also mentioned that he suffered deviated septum as the result of excessive snorting of the cocaine. But stories aside, here are the two major causes of deviated septum.
- Born with a deviated septum.
- Injury to the nose.
Then, What Are The Symptoms?
As mentioned earlier, most of the people may be unaware about their crooked septum as it is not creating any problems. If it starts showing the following given symptoms then you need to consider it seriously.
- Difficulty in breathing
- Recurrent nosebleed
- Recurrent sinus
- Sinus Infections
- Loud snoring or sleep apnea
- Facial pain
- Postnasal drip
- Blockage of nostrils
So, What About Its Treatment?
Deviated septums which are not creating any problems like headache or facial pain do not need any treatment. Medications to relieve the problems created by deviated septum depend upon the symptoms. A nasal steroid spray can sometimes correct the issue. Decongestants and antihistamines are also recommended by professionals to get rid of irritation caused by crooked septum. In chronic case, surgeries called septoplasty and turbinectomy are also advised.
What Is Septoplasty?
Septoplasty is a nose surgery done in order to bring nasal septum in its exact midline, so that there will be equal sections of nasal cavity. This surgery lasts approximately an hour with patients under local or general anesthesia.
What Is Turbinectomy?
Turbinectomy is the removal of enlarged nasal tissue. The full procedure takes approximately an hour with patients under local or general anesthesia. After-care is really very important in both the cases of surgery.
Bottom line is that it’s always the best to consult with your doctor if you think you have a deviated septum and take right decision whether or not to go for a surgery.