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Do you Have a Deviated Septum?

Eighty percent of people suffer from a misalignment of the nasal septum. However, most don’t even know it!

A deviated septum is a common condition where the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity are off center and/or crooked.

Symptoms of a Deviated Septum

So, how do you know if you have a deviated septum? The most common symptoms of a deviated septum include:

  • Nasal congestion, with one side being more congested than the other.

  • Recurrent sinus infections

  • Frequent headaches

  • Localized facial pain, typically occurring above the eyes

  • Snoring during sleep

  • Postnasal drip

What Causes a Deviated Septum?

A deviated septum can occur for many reasons, the most common of which being impact trauma, such as a blow to the face. Other causes for a deviated septum include a congenital disorder and the bone shifting during puberty.

Treating a Deviated Septum

In some cases, deviated septum symptoms can be fixed with medications, such as decongestants and nasal sprays. However, more serious cases require a surgery, known as a septoplasty. A septoplasty is performed quickly and patients usually recover within two days to four weeks.

Consult your ENT doctor today for more information on fixing a deviated septum.

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