If you’re having problems with frequent sinus infections and nasal congestion, it could be time to see an ear, nose and throat specialist about a deviated septum. Board-certified specialists Michael Wilhelm, MD, and Luke Arnholt, MD, lead the team at Pikes Peak ENT, with two locations in Colorado Springs and a third in Woodland Park, Colorado. These talented physicians are well known for their expertise in treating deviated septum. You’ll appreciate their medical skills and the relaxed atmosphere at Pikes Peak ENT. Schedule your visit today by calling the office or scheduling your appointment online.
The nasal septum is a thin wall of bendable tissue that separates your nasal cavities/nostrils. In a perfect scenario, the nasal septum separates the nasal cavities equally and provides the same amount of room for each side. Most often, however, the nasal septum is a little off-center (deviated), which causes one nasal passage to be larger than the other.
Sometimes, though, the nasal septum is significantly deviated and can cause difficulty breathing. This may have occurred before birth or via an injury or blow to the nose during a contact sport or other activity. It might not even be a significant injury, just contact that’s hard enough to displace the septum’s alignment.
Symptoms associated with a deviated nasal septum can vary but may include:
If you have a mildly deviated nasal septum, you may only notice symptoms when you have a cold or allergies that cause the nasal passages to swell and narrow.
A significantly deviated septum, however, can cause frequent and bothersome problems and require surgical treatment. You may also notice worsening symptoms as you get older due to tissue or structural changes that naturally occur with aging.
Your Pikes Peak ENT provider may recommend treatment with oral decongestants, nasal steroid sprays, or antihistamines to temporarily relieve your symptoms. Significant deviations, however, require surgery (septoplasty) to straighten and reposition the septum.
You might also require rhinoplasty to reshape your outer nose. If so, rhinoplasty is typically performed at the same time as septoplasty. Your surgeon might also recommend that young children with a deviated nasal septum wait until they’ve finished growing before undergoing surgery, until age 16-18 for boys and slightly younger, 15-16, for girls.
Schedule a visit at Pikes Peak ENT today for an evaluation and treatment recommendations regarding your nasal symptoms. Call the office or book your visit using the convenient online scheduling tool.