The nose plays a vital role in our respiratory system, filtering and humidifying the air we breathe. When the nasal passage is blocked, it can lead to nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, and facial pain. A deviated septum, which is a condition where the nasal septum is crooked or off-center, can cause these symptoms and more. In this article, we’ll explore the various treatments available for a deviated septum and other nose problems.
Common Symptoms of a Deviated Septum
A deviated septum can cause a range of symptoms, including nasal obstruction, frequent nosebleeds, and frequent sinus infections. It can also cause difficulty breathing, noisy breathing, and facial pain. In severe deviations, a deviated septum can even lead to high blood pressure and other health problems.
Treatments for a Deviated Septum
There are several treatments available for a deviated septum, depending on the severity of the condition and the symptoms experienced by the patient. These treatments include:
Nasal decongestants are available in the form of sprays or drops and can provide temporary relief for nasal congestion. However, they should not be used for more than a few days as they can cause rebound congestion.
Antihistamines can help to reduce nasal congestion and inflammation caused by allergies. They are available over-the-counter or by prescription and can be taken orally or as a nasal spray.
Nasal steroids are anti-inflammatory medications that can help to reduce swelling in the nasal passages. They are available in the form of sprays and can be used on a long-term basis.
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves straightening the deviated septum to improve airflow. The surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia and involves making an incision inside the nose to access the septum. It is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning that the patient can go home the same day as the surgery.
Turbinates are bony structures in the nasal passages that help to warm and humidify the air we breathe, however, they can become swollen and contribute to nasal congestion. Turbinate reduction involves removing or reducing the size of the turbinates to improve airflow.
Other Nose Problems and Their Treatments
In addition to a deviated septum, there are several other nose problems that can cause discomfort and breathing difficulties. These problems include nasal polyps, nasal obstruction, runny nose, and nasal drainage.
Nasal Polyps: Nasal polyps are noncancerous growths that can develop in the nasal cavity. They can cause nasal obstruction, runny nose, and a decreased sense of smell. Treatment options include nasal steroid sprays, nasal sprays, and surgical removal.
Nasal Obstruction: Nasal obstruction can be caused by a variety of factors, including a deviated septum, nasal polyps, and allergies. Treatment options depend on the underlying cause and may include nasal decongestants, antihistamines, or surgery.
Runny Nose: A runny nose can be caused by allergies, infections, or other nasal problems. Treatment options include nasal decongestants, antihistamines, and nasal sprays.
Nasal Drainage: Nasal drainage can be caused by infections or other nasal problems. Treatment options include nasal decongestants, antihistamines, and nasal sprays.
When to See a Doctor
It’s important to see a doctor if you’re experiencing symptoms such as frequent nosebleeds, facial pain, or difficulty breathing. Your doctor can perform a physical exam and recommend the appropriate treatment for your condition. In some cases, you may be referred to an ear, nose, and throat specialist (ENT) for further evaluation.
If you have severe deviations in your nasal septum or nasal obstruction, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure to correct the problem, which In most cases, is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day as the surgery.
Nasal Steroid Sprays
Nasal steroid sprays are anti-inflammatory medications that are used to treat a variety of nasal conditions, including nasal polyps, frequent sinus infections, and nasal congestion. These sprays work by reducing inflammation in the nasal passageways, which can help to reduce nasal obstruction, runny nose, and nasal drainage.
It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions when using nasal sprays, as overuse can lead to side effects such as nasal irritation and nosebleeds. If you experience any of these side effects, contact your doctor immediately.
In some cases, people may seek a nose job, or rhinoplasty, to correct a crooked septum or other nasal deformities. However, it’s important to note that rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure and may not be covered by insurance.
If you’re considering a nose job, it’s important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty. They can evaluate your condition and recommend the appropriate treatment for your specific needs.
*All patients are unique and individual results may vary.
Overall, there are a variety of treatments available for nasal conditions such as a deviated septum or nasal polyps. While some treatments can be done at home, it is important to see a specialist if you experience severe symptoms or if your symptoms persist despite treatment. A qualified ear, nose, and throat specialist like Dr. Salloum can evaluate your symptoms and provide a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs. Dr. Salloum has years of experience treating patients with nasal conditions and has a track record of success in improving their symptoms.
If you are experiencing nasal symptoms such as frequent congestion, difficulty breathing, or facial pain, consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Salloum at his clinic. He can help to diagnose the root cause of your symptoms and provide a comprehensive treatment plan to alleviate your discomfort. Contact the clinic today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards better nasal health.