Septal Deviation

The nasal septum is the partition that runs down the inside of the nose and separates the right side of the nose from the left side. It is made up of cartilage in the front and bone in the back. Ideally, it should sit in the middle of the nose so that there is an equal air passage on both sides. However, trauma or anatomical deformities can push the septum to one side.

Signs of Septal Deviation

Many times the level of deviation is so slight that a person can live his or entire life without even noticing the deviation. If the deviation is significant enough, however, it can cause many unpleasant symptoms, including:

  • nasal obstruction
  • headaches
  • chronic nosebleeds
  • sinus infections
  • congestion
  • blocked breathing
  • trouble breathing at night
  • snoring

Causes of Septal Deviation

Septal deviations are usually the result of trauma, but in some cases it is just the way a patient's nose developed during his or her childhood.

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