Nasal congestion, frequent nosebleeds, and postnasal drip are all symptoms of a deviated septum. If you're experiencing problems like these, the experienced team at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. can help. At their locations in Kittery, Maine, and Stratham, New Hampshire, they perform minimally invasive septoplasty procedures to realign the cartilage of your septum and allow you to breathe more normally. To benefit from the team's experience in treating deviated septum, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Your septum is the thin wall consisting of bone and cartilage that divides your nasal passages. Having a deviated septum means it isn't aligned properly.
Some babies are born with a deviated septum, or the condition may arise later in life as a result of an injury to the nose. It's also possible to develop a deviated septum due to age-related changes to your nasal structures.
When you have a deviated septum, one of your nasal passages is narrower, making it harder to breathe through that nostril.
A deviated septum can lead to blockages in your nose that make it harder for you to breathe, particularly when you have an upper respiratory tract infection like a cold or sinusitis. Other symptoms of a deviated septum include:
If over-the-counter medications like decongestants and antihistamines don't help to relieve the nasal congestion your deviated septum causes, you should consult the team at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC.
They can confirm that your symptoms are due to a deviated septum after a physical examination and may also get X-rays or a CT scan of your face to evaluate your condition.
If your deviated septum doesn't respond to medication, you might need to undergo a septoplasty procedure. It is a minimally invasive surgery that the team at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. has many years of experience performing to relieve the symptoms of a deviated septum.
During septoplasty, your provider repositions and straightens your septum, so it's in a central position between your nasal passages. Surgery may involve removing excess tissue to achieve the correct alignment.
After septoplasty surgery for your deviated septum, you should be able to breathe more easily. However, if you suffer from allergies like seasonal rhinitis (hayfever) that cause sinus inflammation, you might need to continue taking medications to ensure your nasal passages stay open.
To determine if septoplasty could resolve your deviated septum symptoms, call Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.