Deviated Septum

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Deviated septum is the sideways displacement of the wall between the nostrils. Dr. Edward Hill discusses deviated septum in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

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

Most septal deformities result in no symptoms, and you may not even know you have a deviated septum.

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 in certain individuals.

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 nasal dilators that help open the nasal passages. To correct a deviated septum, surgery is necessary.

You should contact your health care provider if you experience a blocked nostril, or nostrils, that dont respond to treatment, frequent nosebleeds or recurring sinus infections.

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