November 18, 2023

How to Fix a Deviated Septum Without Surgery

If you have a deviated septum, it’s possible to treat the symptoms with home remedies. However, you should seek treatment if your symptoms interfere with your quality of life or if the condition is getting worse over time. If you have a severe deviated septum, you may need surgery to correct it.

Your nasal septum is a wall of cartilage and bone that separates your left and right nostrils. It can become crooked, or deviated, for a variety of reasons. It can happen at birth, or it can result from injuries and trauma to the nose.

A deviated septum can cause a variety of symptoms, including nasal congestion, nosebleeds, sinus infections, sleep apnea, and difficulty breathing. It can also lead to chronic sinusitis, which can lead to infection of the surrounding tissues and the brain lining. Frequent sinus infections can lead to a dry and cracked nasal septum that can become a breeding ground for bacteria.

The first step to diagnosing a deviated septum is talking to your doctor about your symptoms. Your doctor can examine your nose and nasal cavity using a mirror or a scope with a bright light. They will be able to see your nasal septum and determine how crooked it is.

Over-the-counter or prescription nasal decongestants can decrease swelling and improve airflow to ease breathing symptoms. They can be taken orally or as a spray, but they should not be used for extended periods, because they can have a rebound effect. If your symptoms don’t respond to medication, you can have a surgical procedure to repair the crooked septum. This procedure is called a septoplasty and can be done under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Depending on your symptoms, you can also elect to have a rhinoplasty to change the cosmetic appearance of the nose.

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