Deviated Septum

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Deviated Septum

The septum is the thin wall of cartilage that separates the two nostrils. When this structure is deviated, it can be a source of nasal obstruction that interferes with normal breathing. Below is an overview of the condition’s causes, symptoms and what you should know about deviated septum treatment. If you suspect that you’re suffering from a deviated septum, schedule an appointment today with our top Atlanta sinus doctors.


What is it?

A deviated septum is characterized by a crooked wall of cartilage between the nostrils. This condition can range in severity, but most patients with a deviated septum will notice a size difference in their nostril openings. It is estimated that about 80% of Americans have some degree of deviation in the septum that doesn’t require treatment. However, the more severe the misalignment, the more likely it is that you will experience difficulty breathing through the nose.


What are the causes?

A deviated septum can be a condition that you are born with or it can be caused by a nose injury or normal aging. Some genetic conditions raise the likelihood of being born with a crooked septum.


What are the symptoms?

A deviated septum can cause:

  • Persistent nasal congestion
  • Turbinate hypertrophy
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Facial pain
  • Postnasal drip
  • Headaches


How is it treated?

If your deviated septum is severe, the physicians at Sinus Center of Atlanta may recommend a deviated septum treatment called a septoplasty, a corrective surgery that straightens the cartilage.

Learn more about the treatment options for a deviated septum

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