A deviated septum is not a laughing matter, no matter how weird the noises you make when you snore. And it is not something to take lightly, because it is more than just an annoyance. Even if your nose doesn’t look “out of joint” from a deviated septum, breathing difficulties can lead to very serious health problems. Nasal valve surgery, called septoplasty, can repair a deviated septum, and that can be a life-changer.
So, if you think you or someone you care about might be suffering from a deviated septum, here are 7 possible symptoms to look for.
- Snoring or other noises when you’re laying down or asleep.
- Ongoing nasal congestion (as opposed to temporary congestion from a cold or allergies). Some people notice this more on one side than the other or are hyper-aware of congestion seeming to “trade sides” back and forth.
- Postnasal drip.
- Recurring nosebleeds, caused by excessive dryness inside the nostril.
- Headaches, due to chronically congested sinuses.
- Conscious or unconscious effort to sleep on either your right or left side, to reduce breathing difficulty.
- Face pain is also thought to be a symptom in some people.
What’s the problem with a deviated septum?
The septum is the bone-and-cartilage structure that forms the center of your nose, separating the airways on either side. Deviation simply means the septum is not perfectly straight. Problems occur when the deviation obstructs one or both air passages, making it difficult to breathe. The most common causes are:
- Genetics – you may have been born with a nasal malformation
- Injury – your nose may have been damaged during childbirth or as the result of a sports injury, car accident, etc.
Surprisingly, you can have a deviated septum and not even know it. In fact, as many as 80% of people have some small degree of septal misalignment. Nonetheless, if you’re suspicious about your nose, getting it checked out is a good idea. The aging process can worsen problems that may seem insignificant now, increasing symptoms and the frustration they bring.
Uncorrected breathing problems can lead to:
- Dry mouth, which in turn can lead to dental problems
- Sleep apnea -- over time, lack of oxygen can lead to heart, lung, and other serious health problems
Don't Suffer from a DEviated Septum
Nasal surgery can correct a deviated septum, along with other problems such as polyps that may be hampering your ability to breathe freely. There is no reason to suffer! Just imagine how wonderful it will be to breathe without wheezing or snuffling. To sleep soundly and comfortably, without waking the rest of your household. And to get rid of your other symptoms.
Because nasal valve surgery is usually considered medically necessary, your health insurance may even cover the procedure. You’ll have to ask. But first, you need an accurate diagnosis.
The easiest way to know for sure if your breathing issues are due to a deviated septum instead of some other nasal issue is to get a professional opinion. By scheduling a private consultation with Dr. Raval you can discuss your concerns in detail, and Dr. Raval can examine your nose up close. Then you can work together to determine the most effective solution for you.