A deviated septum is a common condition in which the thin wall between the nostrils of the nose is off-center (deviated to one side) or crooked. The wall is referred to as the nasal septum, and it is made up of cartilage and bone.
A deviated septum does not necessarily cause any symptoms or signs. When symptoms do occur, these can include
- problems breathing through the nose,
- postnasal drip,
- sinus infections,
- nasal congestion,
- sleep disturbances, and
Nasal congestion that arises due to a deviated septum is usually more pronounced on one side than the other.
Causes of a deviated septum
A deviated septum may be present at birth or may develop during growth. Injuries or trauma to the nose or face are other causes of a deviated septum.
Other deviated septum symptoms and signs
- Nasal Congestion
- Postnasal Drip
- Problems Breathing Through the Nose
- Pronounced Nasal Congestion on One Side
- Sinus Infections
- Sleep Disturbances