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Sinus Trouble? May be Deviated Septum!

Many people suffer certain bothersome symptoms related to breathing, but never know the actual cause until a doctor closely examines their noses. Frequently, sinus trouble complaints are a leading example, followed by all other nasal congestion gripes.

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A septum is that paper-thin wall of cartilage and bone separating your two nostrils. Those pesky sinus conditions that strike three, four or more times a year may indicate something is amiss with your septum; it could have been knocked off-center by a blow in sports.

Other septum-caused symptoms include:

  • Nosebleeds
  • Headache
  • Facial pain

A deviated septum is created when that "divider" is off-center from birth — or is knocked into — one of the two breathing channels that bring air through the nose and into the lungs. The blockage also prevents healthy nasal drainage so germs stuck in the upper nose multiply rapidly. Hence, the sinus-like woes and nasal congestion.

When that happens, your body’s organs don’t get the proper amount of oxygen, resulting in daytime sleepiness, needless other problems and additional health complications. Snoring is a major red flag, as is weight gain and the extreme upset — with possible flight rom the bedroom — of your bedmate.

Some sufferers are assigned CPAP (continuous, positive air pressure) masks to put on during sleep to force air through the nose and into the lungs.

Or, another major clue related to breathing and good health is: if your nose looks twisted on the outside, it is very likely twisted and blocked on the inside, too.

Some medications can help, but the complete cure for a bent, twisted or crooked septum is usually found in a nose surgery known as septoplasty.

Often done in combination with a cosmetic rhinoplasty — and then known as a "septorhinoplasty" — the procedure is done in less than two hours in an outpatient operating facility. Most patients can go home in three to four hours. No scars result on the outside of the nose because incisions and stitching are all done inside the nose working through the nostrils.

After the procedure, soft packing containing medications to limit bleeding, promote healing and hold the septum in place are wrapped around slim breathing tubes known as the Kotler Nasal Airway and inserted into the nostrils.

After septoplasty, very little swelling or bruising should show on your face. If a rhinoplasty was also done, some bruising and swelling may be noticeable for four or so days.

Much more information about septoplasty can be found at Deviated Septum Surgeon.

Yet another internal nose surgery is often performed in connection with septoplasty and rhinoplasty.

Structures in your upper nose, turbinates, often swell in reaction to allergies, infections or other irritations. The turbinates can also block one or both breathing channels, so the solution is found in a slight surgical reduction of the turbinates.

For more information, read about Turbinate Reduction Surgery.

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