Generally, a deviated septum that causes minor symptoms doesn’t require treatment. But whether it’s worth getting fixed is your decision. If your symptoms aren’t bothersome and don’t interfere with your quality of life, then the risk of treatment may be more than the benefit.
Accordingly, what can help a deviated septum?
If you still experience symptoms despite medical therapy, you may consider surgery to correct your deviated septum (septoplasty). Septoplasty is the usual way to repair a deviated septum. During septoplasty, your nasal septum is straightened and repositioned in the center of your nose.
Then, what can a deviated septum cause?
A deviated septum may not cause any issues and may not require treatment. In some cases, a deviated septum can lead to other complications. These include sleep apnea, snoring, congestion, difficulty breathing, infections, or nosebleeds. Severe cases may call for surgery.
Can you feel a deviated septum with your finger?
Run your hand along your nose to check for bumps
Start at the top of the bridge and run your fingers along the bridge. If there’s a bump or a shift in the bridge, then your septum may have deviated.
Deviated septum surgery without insurance coverage generally range from about $4,000 to $6,000, if one is not also getting a rhinoplasty. With insurance one’s copays and deductibles decide the actual cost to the patient; thus it could be completely free or a nominal cost of $500 to $2500.
Yes, you can live with a deviated septum, but you don’t have to live with the problems it can cause. At Petoskey ENT Specialists, we develop personalized treatment strategies that are based on the severity and nature of your symptoms.
Treatment can include antihistamines and decongestants, which can help clear the sinus passages and reduce discomfort. We can also prescribe a nasal steroid spray to reduce swelling. If you have a truly severe case, a form of surgery known as a septoplasty may be indicated.
Will Medications Help My Deviated Septum? If you have a mild septal deviation then yes. Nasal steroids like Flonase can give you just enough decongestion to make you breathing better. Antihistamines will help with allergies that may improve your breathing as well.
When a deviated septum is severe, it can block one side of your nose and reduce airflow, causing difficulty breathing. The additional exposure of a deviated septum to the drying effect of airflow through the nose may sometimes contribute to crusting or bleeding in certain people.
Post nasal drip – Usually mucus drips harmlessly down the back of your throat, but a deviated septum can cause the mucus to build up and thicken. It may feel as though it’s dripping down the back of your nose or accumulating in your throat.
Septoplasty is one of the most common procedures covered by insurance. Since a deviated septum can cause serious problems including chronic sinusitis and sleep apnea, it is deemed a medical necessity by insurance companies and is often covered through insurance plans.