What Is a Deviated Septum?
A deviated septum refers to nasal passage walls that are off-center. In severe instances, this condition can lead to difficulty breathing, nasal blockages and bloody noses. At Sacramento Ear, Nose & Throat, we can determine how to best treat your deviated septum, so it doesn’t prevent you from participating in the activities that mean the most to you.
How Can I Tell If I Have a Deviated Septum?
Symptoms of a deviated septum include:
- A blockage in one or both of your nostrils
- Facial pain
- Loud breathing or preference for laying on a certain side while sleeping
What Causes This Condition?
A deviated septum is sometimes present at birth. Other times, it is the result of an injury to the face or nose.
How Does an ENT Fix a Deviated Septum?
In many cases, our otolaryngologist will start with the goal of helping you manage your symptoms. Options include prescribing decongestants, antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays. Though this route is often successful at treating swollen mucus membranes, it will not correct the deviated septum itself.
Will I Need Surgery?
If your symptoms persist even after starting medication, surgery to correct the deviated septum may be the best option for you.
During this procedure, known as septoplasty, our otolaryngologist will straighten the nasal septum and reposition it to the middle of the nose. Depending on the degree of deviation, sections of the septum may need to be cut or removed during surgery.
If our team determines that you are a candidate for a septoplasty, we will walk you through the process and let you know what to expect in terms of preparation, surgery and results. We want you to feel safe and confident while going into the procedure.
Our Team Is Here for You
A deviated septum can cause several uncomfortable symptoms, but you don’t have to deal with these without any support. At Sacramento Ear, Nose & Throat, we’re dedicated to bringing you the highest quality treatment so you can feel your best. Our team is here to support you on your path to wellness.