A deviated septum occurs when the nasal septum (the bone and cartilage that separate your nostrils) is offset to one side. This deviation can make one of your nasal passages smaller, significantly reducing airflow and causing difficulty breathing.
Deviated Septum Causes
The septum can be deviated as a result of an injury such as a broken nose, or it can occur during fetal development and be apparent at birth (congenital). The normal aging process can affect nasal structures over time and cause the deviated septum to worsen in the process. A crooked or deviated septum can also lead to other conditions such as chronic sinusitis, snoring, and sleep apnea.
Decongestants can reduce nasal tissue swelling and aid in keeping the airways in your nose open. If you are recommended nasal sprays, they should be used cautiously as consistent use can create dependency and cause symptoms to escalate. Nasal steroid sprays may also be prescribed by a doctor to reduce inflammation, but medications are only a temporary fix and won’t fix a deviated septum. If your septum is deviated enough to cause substantial blockage that is negatively affecting your life, then a surgery called a septoplasty may be necessary to correct the deviation and relieve your symptoms.
Our Broward Sinus doctors utilize the most advanced technology to perform the procedure. We focus on the best treatment with a recovery time that will get you back to your daily routine. Put an end to your breathing problems, and don’t rely on medication. Our physicians are Board Certified in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and have been serving the Broward and Palm Beach communities for over 25 years.