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can a deviated septum be common?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Very common: The nasal cartilage in the midline of the nose is the nasal septum. As such, it is the most common site for injury and is the structure of the mid-portion of the face that is most likely to be involved in trauma. Having a perfectly straight septum is rare. Almost everybody has had some minor or major injury to the front of his/her nose resulting in some deviation of the septal cartilage.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Deviated septum: A deviated septum is a common issue. It can be caused by trauma, position in utero and even during the birth process. If there are symptoms like nasal obstruction, snoring or recurrent sinusitis, have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.

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A 16-year-old member asked:

Do I have to see a specialist to get a deviated septum?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Yes: Deviated septum, a misalignment of the central cartilage of the nose, can lead to obstruction, breathing difficulties or an increase in sinusitis. It may also obstruct the view if you have a concern about intranasal tumors. Generally if you have symptoms or problems, no one need get involved but if you have a problem, an otolaryngologist should be consulted.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is deviated septum? What is septum?

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Dr. Ram Kalus
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Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
The nostril divider: The septum is a dividing structure between the two airway passages of your nose. It consists of bone and cartilage on the inner layer, and mucosa (pink, shiny, moist) as the outer layer. If it is deviated (which it is in most people), it can cause relative narrowing or even blockage of one of the airway passages. This can be corrected with surgery. A board certified ENT or plastic surgeon can help.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can I use pot if I have a deviated septum?

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Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Medical THC???: Please examine the laws of your nation/state to make the determination as to whether or not it is wise... In states where medical mj is permitted, speak with your prescriber. A deviated nasal septum may interfere with your ability to breathe through your nose. Most of us have some mild deviation(s) but not bad enough to affect us.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Are there any new treatments for a deviated septum?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Probably not: If a deviated septum is causing your nasal breathing to be obstructed, and if you are unhappy about it, and if that cartilaginous deformity is affecting your quality of life, then surgery is the answer. I am aware of nasal elastic bands for the outside of your lower cartilages, but they only widen the nostrils. The deviated septum will still need to be surgically altered.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can a deviated septum affect my athletic performance?

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Dr. Alexander Gorup
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: If the deviated septum limits your ability to take in air and oxygen, it can affect your athletic performance.

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