The majority of people have what's known as a deviated septum, where the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity is crooked or off center. For many, the misalignment is so slight that it doesn't cause any breathing difficulty, but for some, it can be a significant issue. One nasal passage will be smaller than the other, and the person can tell the difference in their breathing when taking in and releasing air through the nose. At Houston ENT & Allergy in Clear Lake, we can provide medication and treatment for your deviated septum.
If you find that one nostril becomes more congested when you have a cold, this could be due to a deviated septum. We can examine your nasal passages to see if one side is significantly smaller than the other, and then recommend the proper treatment to help you breathe better. You might also experience snoring or sleep apnea, and have trouble sleeping soundly. Chronic sinus infections might also be an issue, and our ENT specialists can treat whatever condition you have. Dr. Tarver, Dr. Yoo, and the Clear Lake staff will listen to all your concerns and help you feel at ease about any ear, nose, or throat issue.
If you've only recently begun experiencing nasal problems, please come see us right away. As an adult, you may experience allergy and breathing issues you didn't have as a child, since your nose wasn't fully grown. By diagnosing and treating a deviated septum earlier on, you can avoid major breathing issues and other problems in the future.