A deviated septum can cause nasal airway obstruction and breathing problems

Breathing is something that many people take for granted. It’s something our bodies do automatically, but it’s also not given full notice until something disrupts it. While allergies and common cold season can make breathing more difficult for periods at a time, a deviated septum can make this vital action troublesome for a long time.

What is a deviated septum?

Your nose works best when there is equal air flow between your nasal passages, which is separated by a thin wall of bone and cartilage known as the septum. When that dividing wall is uneven, it is considered a deviated septum. Due to this imbalance, there can be noticeable effects on your breathing and speech.

What are the symptoms of a deviated septum?

With one nasal passage receiving more air than the other, a deviated septum can alter your perception of breathing. While this may be subtle, it can be exacerbated by allergies or sinus infections, both of which can be more prevalent in those with deviation. Additional symptoms may include nosebleeds, trouble sleeping, snoring, and facial pain.

How can a deviated septum disrupt my lifestyle?

Proper breathing is such a crucial part of your habits and activities. For athletes, a deviated septum can mean not performing to your full ability by not taking in a sufficient amount of air. A singer’s respiration can make or break a performance, with their true voice muffled by nasal congestion. Sleep apnea can also appear or worsen due to a deviated septum, making you tired and less enthusiastic about any of your hobbies.

How can you treat a deviated septum?

Luckily, a deviated septum does not have to define your breathing or your life. Dr. Mark Weigel, a CEENTA otolaryngologist from our Huntersville office, has sound advice regarding treatment options. “The symptoms of nasal obstruction can at times be treated with antihistamines, decongestants, and Breathe Right nasal strips. To treat mechanical obstruction from a deviated septum, your physician may recommend a septoplasty to equalize and improve airflow.”

If you are suffering from poor nasal breathing with constant obstruction, schedule your next appointment with CEENTA. Our board-certified otolaryngologists can examine your nose to see the extent of your nasal deformities and lead you to the treatment best suited for your condition. Schedule with Dr. Weigel at our Huntersville location today and breathe in the possibilities.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New patients can make appointments online with our doctors in North and South Carolina. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with physicians they have already seen.


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