Septal Deviation

The nasal septum is a thin wall that separates your right and left nasal cavities. Ideally, it is situated in the center of your nose. However, it is estimated that 80 percent of all nasal septum’s are off-center making one nasal passage smaller.

Signs of Septal Deviation

Difficulties breathing through the nose is the most common symptom associated with a severe deviated septum. Other symptoms may include:

  • Blockage of one or both nostrils causing reduced airflow
  • Nasal congestion, sometimes only on one-side
  • Nosebleeds
  • Frequent sinus infections
  • Facial pain
  • Headaches
  • Postnasal drip
  • Snoring or difficulty breathing at night

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Causes of Septal Deviation

Septal deviations are usually the result of nasal trauma, but in some cases, it is just the way the patient’s nose developed during his or her childhood.

Learn how septal deviation is diagnosed »

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