What Is Deviated Nasal Septum?-A Complete Overview

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Have you ever noticed people having both nostrils with different shapes? This is due to the physiological changes in the septum of the nose. The nasal septum is a partition made of cartilage between the nasal cavity dividing it into two parts. The deviated nasal septum is the displacement of this septum.

It is not a harmful condition unless or until it causes any complication. It is a very common disorder of the nose. ENT surgeons can diagnose and treat this condition. You can consult the best ENT surgeons in Karachi through Marham.

What is the cause of deviated nasal septum?

The most common cause of this condition is trauma like due to an accident or during a fight. This causes direct injury to the nose. Other causes may include congenital conditions.

What are the symptoms of deviated nasal septum?

People with a slight deviated nasal septum may not feel any symptom. But in severe cases, common symptoms of this problem are;

  • Difficulty in breathing through the nose
  • Sleep apnea
  • Sinus infection
  • Nasal bleeding
  • Snoring
  • Nasal congestion
  • Dryness in one nostril
  • Headaches
  • Aesthetic problems

How can deviated nasal septum be diagnosed?

A physical exam helps in diagnosing this condition. Your ENT specialist or surgeon will carefully examine your external and internal nose. This procedure is done by using a nasal speculum to gently spread the nostrils and a bright light to examine the inside of the nose and septum.

What is the treatment if deviated nasal septum?

The most common treatment of deviated nasal septum is surgery. The surgery is done entirely through the nostril and needs no incisions. This procedure takes one-two hours to complete. And performs under general or local anesthesia according to your condition. During the procedure, a surgeon cuts the septum and takes out excess cartilage or bone. This helps in straightening the septum and your nasal cavity. Silicone splints may be inserted in each nostril to support the septum.

Post-surgery complications:

Some complications and risk factors after this surgery are;

  • Change in nose shape
  • Nasal bleeding
  • Persistence of problem after surgery

Some people don’t prefer surgery and try to treat this condition with medicines like decongestants, antihistamines, etc. But these medicines only relieve the symptoms.

Professional advice is necessary before any treatment. So, you can consult the best ENT surgeon in Karachi through Marham.

Marham is also providing an online consultation facility, where you can find and consult the best doctors in Pakistan through online video consultation.  Marham’s official website and mobile app provide this facility. It’s a trustworthy method of consultation that is only a click away now. Your privacy is Marham’s priority as your information is highly confidential.

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Aiman Usman (Doctor of Pharmacy)
She is a pharmacy graduate and worked as a hospital pharmacist. Her interests are teaching, blogging, and scientific writings. She likes to write about medicines, health issues, health and beauty-related natural remedies, the nutritional value of different foods, and mental health.
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