Deviated septum: Causes, symptoms and treatment
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A deviated septum refers to a displacement of the thin wall within the nose that separates the nasal cavity.When the nasal septum is extremely tilted towards one side, it causes one nasal passage to be larger than the other.While some cases of deviated septum are genetic or inherited, the condition can also be caused by an injury. The most common symptoms of a deviated septum are difficulty breathing and ongoing sinusitis, infection, or inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes. Symptoms are often mistaken for those of a respiratory infection, common cold or allergy. If the symptoms of deviated septum are not problematic or severe, no particular treatment is needed.For mild cases, over-the-counter and prescription treatment options exist.Commonly recommended treatments include steroid sprays to reduce inflammation, nasal dilators, decongestants, saline irrigations, antihistamines.Septoplasty, a surgical procedure done entirely through the open nostrils, is the recommended treatment for severe cases of deviated septum...

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