How do I know if I have a deviated septum? A friend of mine told me 70% of people suffer from it and are completely unaware. Your friend is quite correct, though I am not sure about the accuracy of that statistic. Close one nostril and breathe through the

Very . Very few people have a perfectly straight septum. Most, like you mention, have no symptoms from this as the deviation is often quite subtle. For those with symptoms of chronic congestion or frequent sinus infections, improving the septum position can help tremendously. Septoplasty surgery itself is usually quite straightforward and takes about 30 minutes or so to complete in the operating room.
Many . Many peoiple have a deviated septum which is the structure that separates are noise into a right and left half.If soemone is asymptomatic then nothing need be doen and this is the norm.Sometimes the deviation is so severe that people breath through their mouths or snore.Once it is sympotomatic then surgery needs to be done.
Estimates . Estimates are that 80 percent of all nasal septums are off-center, a condition that is generally not noticed. A “deviated septum” occurs when the septum is shifted far enough away from the midline to diminish the airflow from the nostril to the back of the nose. The most common symptom from a badly deviated or crooked septum is difficulty breathing through the nose. Such airway obstruction can lead to mouth breathing, chronic nasal infections, or obstructive sleep apnea. Septal spurs can produce headaches when these growths lead to increased pressure on the nasal septum. The symptoms are usually worse on one side, and sometimes actually occur on the side opposite the bend. In more severe cases the crooked septum can interfere with the drainage of the sinuses, resulting in repeated sinus infections. Septoplasty is the preferred surgical treatment to correct a deviated septum. This procedure is not generally performed on minors, because the cartilaginous septum grows until around age 18. Septal deviations commonly occur due to nasal trauma. A deviated septum may cause one or more of the following: • blockage of one or both nostrils • nasal congestion, sometimes one-sided • frequent nosebleeds • frequent sinus infections • at times, facial pain, headaches, postnasal drip • noisy breathing during sleep (in infants and young children) in some cases, a person with a mildly deviated septum has symptoms only when he or she also has a "cold" (an upper respiratory tract infection). In these individuals, the respiratory infection triggers nasal inflammation that temporarily amplifies any mild airflow problems related to the deviated septum. Once the "cold" resolves, and the nasal inflammation subsides, symptoms of a deviated septum often resolve, too. A visit to your local ear nose and throat doctor will easily answer the questino of whether or not you have a deviated nasal septum. The doctor may first inquire if you have ever incurred severe trauma to your nose and if you have had previous nasal surgery. Next, an examination of the general appearance of your nose will occur, including the position of your nasal septum. This will entail the use of a bright light and a nasal speculum (an instrument that gently spreads open your nostril) to inspect the inside surface of each nostril.This may be followed by an examination of the inside of the nose with a slender tube like instrument called an endoscope. This device is a optic camera device that allows the physician to examine the depth of the nose to assess the back part of the nasal septum and assess whether the deviation if further back that is obstructing nasal breathing. Septal deviation is usually diagnosed simpy by direct observation of the nasal passages. In addition, a computed tomography (ct) scan of the entire nasal passage is often performed. This scan allows the physician to fully assess the structures of the nose and sinuses. There is no medical treatment for septal deviation. Surgical correction of the deviation of the nasal septum is the treatment of choice, also called septoplasty or submucous resection surgery. Septoplasty is a surgical procedure performed entirely through the nostrils, without any external incisions, accordingly, no bruising or external signs occur. The surgery is routine and considered in good hands very safe. In the week after surgery, you may expect to have slight pink nasal discharge and some nasal clogging or congestion. There is usually minimal to moderate discomfort in the nose after surgery. A week after surgery you will be seen by your doctor who will clear out any remaining debris or secretions from within the nose after which you will feel your nasal breathing improve to a level you have usually not ever felt before.