Deviated Septum

Friday, October 10, 2014

Deviated septum is a physical disorder of the nose, involving a displacement of the nasal septum. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A deviated septum occurs when the thin wall between your nostrils is displaced to one side. In many people, the nasal septum is displaced or deviated making one nasal passage smaller.

When a deviated septum is severe, it can block one side of your nose and reduce airflow, causing difficulty breathing. The additional exposure of a deviated septum to the drying effect of airflow through the nose may sometimes contribute to crusting or bleeding.

Most septal deformities result in no symptoms, and you may not even know you have a deviated septum. Some septal deformities, however, may cause the following signs and symptoms:

Obstruction of one or both nostrils.

Nosebleeds.

Facial pain and

Noisy breathing during sleep.

Nasal obstruction can occur from a deviated nasal septum, from swelling of the tissues lining the nose, or from both. Treatment of nasal obstruction may include medications to reduce the swelling or adhesive strips that may help open the nasal passages. To correct a deviated septum, surgery is necessary.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.