Deviated Nasal Septum, Symptoms and Causes
A deviated nasal septum describes the condition when the septum is severely shifted away from the midline of the nose. The nasal septum is made of cartilage and divides the nose into two separate chambers. The condition may cause problems with proper breathing or nasal discharge. Estimates are that 80 percent of all nasal septums are off center.
Deviated Nasal Septum Symptoms:
The most common symptom from a deviated nasal septum is difficulty breathing through the nose. The symptoms are usually worse on one side and, in some cases, the drainage of the sinuses is curtailed and results in repeated sinus infections.
Deviated Nasal Septum Causes:
Causes of a deviated nasal septum may include:
- a congenital (present at birth) disorder
- an injury that usually happens during contact sports, active play, roughhousing or automobile accidents
- damage from previous medical treatments