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can deviated septum cause reoccurring sinus infections? ent said i have 90% nasal blockage on right side.

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Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Devoted septum: A severe deviated septum narrows the nasal passages and can impair sinus drainage on that side. So, if you have a cold or allergy problem, certainly this can contribute to problems with sinus infections or inflammation on that side. It doesn't cause an infection, however.
Dr. Allison Holzapfel
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: Sometimes a superiorly deviated septum can compress the inside of the nose where the sinuses normally drain. This obstruction can prevent the normal drainage of the sinuses when we have a cold or other inflammation. This then can lead to recurrent sinus infections.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Deviated septum: A deviated septum is not an uncommon problem. It can lead to nasal obstruction, snoring and even sinus issues. You only need surgery if you are having symptoms.If there are symptoms like nasal obstruction, snoring or recurrent sinusitis, have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.

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