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.
Also know, can a deviated septum get worse over time?
Aging may make a deviated septum more obvious, since nasal structures can change with time. So the deviated septum may or may not worsen over time, but symptoms related to it could become more serious.
Just so, 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.
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.
In the milder forms, a deviated nasal septum has no serious health implications. However, severe cases may lead to a frequently blocked nostril that does not respond to treatment, recurring sinus infection, and frequent nosebleeds.
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.
A deviated septum will not usually cause problems with pain or vision; however a sinus infection can. The symptoms of a sinus infection are facial or sinus pain, headache, nasal drip, post nasal drip, stuffiness, and fever. It can also cause infections of the orbital or eye socket and the ears.
Sometimes parts of the bone and cartilage are removed, then reshaped and repositioned. Afterward, the mucosa is placed back over the septum. The nose is not broken during surgery.
We would request that the patient not travel out of the DFW area during the first 2 weeks. Instructions/expectations: pain: The pain following a septoplasty is typically mild to moderate and generally feels like a sinus infection, with distribution across the cheeks, upper teeth, around the eyes, or in the forehead.
There is usually little pain after surgery. If you experience discomfort, your surgeon may suggest over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen. People who’ve had septoplasty can expect very little swelling in the days after surgery.
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.
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.
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.