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does deviated septum hurt?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
No unless it was : Caused by recent trauma.
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Usually not: Symptoms of a significantly deviated septum usually include nasal obstruction. I have not seen pain as a prominent symptom.
Dr. Farhad Sigari
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
It can: If severe enough if can encroach on other structures of the nasal cavity and cause significant headaches. I have had numerous patients with headaches that turned out had a severely deviated septum. Their headaches usually resolve the day of the surgery.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Deviated septum: Sometimes if there are contact points with other anatomical structures, there can be pain. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.
Dr. Jonathan Owens
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 34 years experience
No: A deviated septum means that the structure separating the two sides of the nose isn't exactly in the midline. This condition typically doesn't hurt.

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