The human body is an amazing machine, but it has its share of imperfections, including the deviated septum. For some people, the nasal septum (cartilage in the nose) is bent or deviated, which can affect breathing. Kamran Jafri, MD PC, offers advanced diagnostic testing and treatment for a deviated septum at New York City offices. For an evaluation, contact the Financial District or Midtown, Manhattan, office by phone, or request an appointment online today.
Everyone has a nasal septum, which is a piece of cartilage covered in nasal tissue that divides or inner nose into two compartments. Most people have some amount of deviation to their nasal septum. However, this cartilage can be deviated or bent from birth, trauma or prior surgery, which may cause chronic nasal obstruction.
Deviated septums are very common and occur in up to 80% of the population. They are present from birth or can occur due to nasal trauma or surgery.
Having a hard time breathing in through your nose (usually worse on one side) is one of the most common symptoms of a deviated septum. Other symptoms include:
You may also experience nasal breathing symptoms that worsen with colds or allergies and awareness that nose can feel blocked on alternating sides.
A deviated nasal septum is diagnosed from a patient’s history and a good physical exam of the nose and sinus passages. Nasal endoscopy is a diagnostic tool used to get a clear and thorough visualization of the inner nose and structures. A CT scan is also very helpful in analyzing in detail the structures of the inner nose to determine the cause of the symptoms and is useful if a surgical solution will be considered.
Initial treatment is medical and includes the use of medicated nasal sprays to try and improve the obstruction. Allergies should also be fully treated. Nasal saline rinses can also be used to help keep the nasal passages clear.
If the medical treatment is not successful, then a CT scan can be performed to see if a septoplasty can provide a long-term solution for the problem.
Call Kamran Jafri, MD PC, today, or book an appointment online for an evaluation and treatment plan for your deviated septum.