Your nasal septum is the firm, flexible wall that is located between the left and right sides of your nose. A normal nasal septum is centered between both sides of your nose, but many of us have septums that are slightly off-center. If your nasal septum is extremely off-center, you have a deviated septum.
When you have a deviated septum, one side of your nose is wider than normal. The other side is narrower. This can lead to various problems. If you have symptoms of a deviated septum and live in Chesterfield MO, contact Dr. Paul Burk. He can help treat deviated septums as well as other medical conditions relating to the ears, nose, and throat. Contact Ear, Nose, and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty to learn more. Keep reading to learn about the symptoms of a deviated septum.
Signs to Look Out For
Most people who have a deviated septum don't experience any symptoms. That's because they only have a minor deviation. Others may experience a variety of issues, including:
- frequent sinus infections.
- loud breathing or snoring while you sleep.
- breathing difficulties.
- nasal pressure or congestion.
- postnasal drip.
- facial pain.
Treatment for a Deviated Septum
Your doctor in Chesterfield MO may choose to treat your symptoms by prescribing nasal steroid sprays, antihistamines, or decongestants. These medications treat swollen mucus membranes, but they don't repair a deviated septum. In more severe cases, your doctor may recommend septoplasty, surgery to correct deviated septums. During the procedure, the doctor straightens and correctly positions your septum. As a result, air flows more easily through both nostrils.
Schedule a Visit
Dr. Paul Burk treats a variety of medical conditions relating to the ear, nose, and throat. Visit our Chesterfield MO medical office at Ears, Nose, and Throat Balloon Sinusplasty to receive treatment for your deviated septum. He will provide you with quality care, including the information you need to learn more about your medical condition. Please call us at (314) 477-4995 for your appointment.