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Deviated septum: treatment

When the deviated septum is severe, it can block one side of the nose and reduce airflow, causing difficulty breathing.

A deviated nasal septum It occurs when the thin wall between the nostrils (nasal septum) moves to one side.

The nasal septum has different degrees of deviation and obstructionthere are small deviations where there are no symptoms and others that are obstructive and require surgical management.

When the deviated septum is severe, it can block one side of the nose and reduce airflow, causing difficulty breathing.

Diagnosis

The doctor will use a bright light and sometimes an instrument designed to hold the nostrils open.

Sometimes, the doctor will examine the nose more deeply with an instrument: This is a long tube that has a bright light at the tip. The doctor may also examine the nasal tissues before and after applying a decongestant spray.

Treatment

If the septum obstructs an important part, surgical management is warranted. and if it is mild it could be managed with anti-inflammatories and anti-allergy medications.

In mild cases, decongestants, antihistamines, and nasal sprays with steroids are used.. If the problem requires surgery, it is called Septoplasty. In this procedure, the nasal septum is straightened and repositioned in the center of the nose. This may require the surgeon to cut and remove parts of the septum before reinserting them in the correct position.