The septum is the wall that separates the nostrils. In most patients, the septum is straight, making both nasal passages the same size. The septum can be formed crooked or made crooked due to injury, making one passage larger than the other.
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 be used to minimize congestion, breathing challenges, and other symptoms temporarily.
If medications prove ineffective and your deviation is significant, your doctor may recommend a septoplasty to repair the abnormality surgically. The procedure will be performed under general anesthesia and involves reshaping and re-positioning the cartilage and bone to address the deviation and deliver lasting relief from your symptoms.