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What is a deviated septum?

A deviated septum is an abnormality involving the bone and cartilage that divides the nasal cavity in half. When this structure is significantly displaced to one side, breathing can become difficult and treatment may be necessary to improve airflow through the nose. Patients are either born with a deviated septum or the condition may develop following an injury or trauma to the area.

Simply having a deviated septum does not necessarily mean you require treatment. Many patients experience only minor symptoms that don’t impact their lives too significantly. However, substantial deviations can cause severe symptoms and complications, including dry mouth, difficulty sleeping, a feeling of pressure in the nasal passages and other challenges that can impact your quality of life.

Symptoms of a deviated septum

  • Nasal congestion on one or both sides of the nose
  • Chronic breathing difficulties
  • Noisy breathing during sleep
  • Facial pain and headaches
  • Awareness of the nasal cycle
  • Postnasal drip
  • Nosebleeds

How is a deviated septum diagnosed?

A deviated septum can be diagnosed during a simple visit to your SFENTA Miami Beach ear, nose and throat doctor. During your appointment, your doctor will examine the inside of your nose and the nasal tissues. This visual assessment and a discussion of your symptoms are all that’s needed to determine the severity of your deviation and the most effective treatment options.

Treatment options for a deviated septum

If your deviated septum is relatively minor, medications may be offered to help manage your symptoms. Decongestants, antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays can all be used to temporarily minimize congestion, breathing challenges and other symptoms.

If medications prove ineffective and your deviation is significant, your doctor may recommend a septoplasty to surgically repair the abnormality. The procedure will be performed under general anesthesia and involves reshaping and repositioning the cartilage and bone to address the deviation and deliver lasting relief from your symptoms.

Learn more about the septoplasty procedure here >>

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If your deviated septum is interfering with your ability to breathe with ease, contact SFENTA today. We will help you control your symptoms and determine if a septoplasty procedure is in your best interest.

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