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Septal Deviation - Medical Treatment

Medications will not cure a deviated septum, but there are medications that can help ease symptoms caused by a septal deviation.

Allergy Treatment

If allergies are exacerbating the deviation, then patients may benefit from allergy treatment. Treating allergies will decrease the swelling of the lining of the septum and surrounding tissue. Patients will notice less congestion, but it is important to keep in mind that this will not alter or fix the septal deviation.

Medications

Medications can be used to ease symptoms. Some options include:

  • Decongestants (Sudafed, Mucinex-D)
  • Antihistamines (Allegra, Claritin, Clarinex, Zyrtec, Xyzal)
  • Nasal Steroids Spray (Nasonex, Nasacort, Veramyst, Omnaris, Flonase)
  • Nasal Antihistamine Sprays (Astepro, Patanase)

Surgery

For patients with severe septal deviations, medications are usually less effective and the patient may ultimately require surgery.

Learn more about your surgical options ›