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A 48-year-old member asked:

how can i tell if i have a deviated septum or a nasal polyp?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
ENT: You can not effectively self examine the depths of your nasal cavities so see an ENT doctor who can with an endoscope. It is a painless in office procedure.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Deviated septum: This can only be determined by physical examination. Be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How do a deviated septum and a nasal polyp differ?

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Quite different: A deviated septum is when the septum, the sheet of cartilage down the middle of your nose, is no longer straight, and twists to one side or the other. A polyp is a little benign growth inside the nose. So, they are different - but they can both cause blockage of the airflow through your nose. Evaluation by an ENT doctor can help you figure this out.

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