Medical Options for a deviated septum

Medications and treatments will not cure a deviated septum, but 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 can be used to ease symptoms. Some options include:
    • Decongestants
    • Antihistamines
    • Nasal Steroids Spray
    • Nasal Antihistamine Sprays

Septoplasty – A Surgical Option

For patients with severe septal deviations, medications are usually less effective and the patient may ultimately require surgery. A septoplasty or septal reconstruction, is a procedure meant to straighten the deviated cartilage within the septum. Septoplasty is an outpatient procedure and takes approximately 25 – 45 minutes. Septoplasty is performed entirely through the nose, and leaves no external scars or bruising after the surgery.

Recovery Time

Patients generally need to remain home from work for five to seven days after the surgery. For patients who work from home or do mostly deskwork, it is normal to return to work within three or four days.


Patients usually notice a significant improvement in their breathing after surgery. Symptoms such as snoring, chronic nosebleeds, and headaches are significantly reduced.

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