What is deviated nasal septum?
Deviated nasal septum is a condition marked by the displacement of the nasal septum, the thin wall that separates the nasal passages, to one-side, thereby making one nasal passage smaller than the other. In severe cases, there can be blockage which is likely to reduce the airflow and lead to breathing difficulties. In some cases, the nasal septum may be bent, which again can lead to dryness and bleeding.
The problem is usually diagnosed by conducting a detailed physical examination. Your nostril will be spread open with the help of a special instrument. The doctor will then use a bright light to look inside your nose, using a tube-like scope. You will be asked some questions related to the symptoms and whether they are improving or getting worse.
Doctors may recommend Decongestants, Antihistamines and nasal sprays for managing the symptoms. If you wish to get rid of the problem permanently, surgery is the best resort. Septoplasty is the most common surgical intervention used to repair a deviated septum. It involves the straightening or repositioning of the centre of your nose. How well you are responding to the surgery depends upon the severity of your condition and the level of deviation.