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Causes Of A Deviated Septum

By Jon Carter

Every nose is designed with a wall dividing the nasal cavity into halves called the nasal septum. It is composed of a central supporting skeleton that is covered on each side by mucous membrane. The shape of person’s nasal cavity could very well be the cause of chronic sinusitis. The ideal nasal septum is midline separating the left and right sides of the nose into equal sized passageways.

It has been estimated that 80% of all nasal septums are off-center, which is a condition that usually goes unnoticed. A deviated septum typically occurs when the septum shifted away from the midline. One of the most common symptoms a person has with a deviated septum is difficulty breathing through the nose. One side is usually worse than the others. Sometimes it actually occurs on the side opposite of the bend.

A deviated septum can be caused by different things. It could be the result of an injury that caused the nasal septum to be knocked out of position. A guy could get one after colliding with someone in a game of football injuring his nose or even a boxer knocked out in the rink. For infants this sort of injury can also occur during the birthing process. A deviated septum can be caused by a condition preset at birth. There are causes in which it occurs during fetal development.

A deviated septum can also lead to other complications. Some include: frequent sinus infections, nosebleeds, noisy breathing during sleep, blockage of one or both nostrils and nasal congestion, sometimes one-sided. There are cases in which a person with a mildly deviated septum only has symptoms when he or she has a cold. The respiratory infection can then trigger nasal inflammation and affect the airflow.

In order to correct a deviated septum one can have surgery. The preferred surgical treatment is septoplasty, which is generally not performed on minors. This is because the cartilaginous septum grows until age 18. Septal deviations usually occur because of nasal trauma. Another way to straighten out a crooked nose is using the Nose Huggie. It doesn’t involved surgery and comes at a very affordable cost. All one has to do is wear it like 15 minutes a day. Check with your physician on the best solution for your condition.

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