What is a Deviated Septum and It's Treatment Options?


What is a deviated septum?

The nasal septum is a cartilage wall that divides your nose into two chambers. A deviated septum occurs when this wall moves sufficiently away from the midline.

Many people with a deviated septum are unaware of their condition. Others may experience breathing issues due to a deviated septum, which typically affects one side more than the other.

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What causes a deviated septum?

Some people are born with a deviated septum, which can happen during fetal development or as a result of birth trauma. The most frequent postnatal cause of a deviated septum is an injury to the nose that shifts the nasal septum.

How Does a Deviated Septum Affect You?

When the imbalance starts affecting your daily life, it can have some serious repercussions. Here are some signs your deviated septum is a problem that needs addressed:

  • Persistent sinus infections
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent Headaches and pain
  • Stuffy nose
  • Nose bleeds

What Are My Treatment Options for a Deviated Septum?

There are a range of treatment options for a deviated septum, depending on severity level. For minor imbalances, we’ll typically start out with the least invasive treatments:  steroid sprays, decongestants, etc.

For more severe cases that require permanent relief, a septoplasty is required. A septoplasty is a surgical procedure to straighten the bone and cartilage dividing the space between your two nostrils.

Dr. Zaghi at Miracle Mile Medical Group graduated from Harvard Medical School, completed residency in ENT (Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery) at UCLA, and Sleep Surgery Fellowship at Stanford University. The focus of his sub-specialty training is on the comprehensive treatment of tongue-tie, nasal obstruction, mouth breathing, snoring, and obstructive sleep apnea.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Zaghi, call 323.433.7744, or visit our contact page.