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What is a Deviated Nasal Septum? (Signs, Symptoms, and Causes)

By:
Kathleen Rose McDonald, MD
December 18, 2017
April 29, 2019 07:34 PM
deviated septum

  Around 2.2 million Americans have a deviated nasal septum. That's one in 124 people. Actually, it’s fairly common to have an uneven septum. As much as 80 percent of all nasal septums have some degree of deviation, according to estimates by the American Academy of Otolaryngology. You most likely won't need medical attention with a deviated septum unless it’s causing you health complications or impacts your quality of life negatively.… Read More

Does Your Nose Whistle When You Breathe?

  When you have a cold or runny nose, you may notice that your nose “whistles” when you breathe through it. This can be because of mucus or other buildup that’s obstructing your nasal passages, but if you notice the whistling sound when you’re not fighting a cold, it could be due to a hole in the septum. This hole, known as a septal perforation, can be in just the right place and be exactly the right size to cause the whistling sound when air passes through it. The septum (the wall that separates the left and right nasal cavities) should be straight and without holes, but that’s not always the case. Those with a deviated septum (where the septum is displaced to one side) may also experience whistling when they breathe through their nose. At our ENT clinic in Sugar Land, we can properly diagnose and treat your septal perforation or deviated septum, and eliminate the whistling.… Read More

Our Southwest Houston ENT Clinic Can Treat Your Deviated Septum

For some people, a deviated septum causes little to no problem, and they experience slight or no symptoms. For others, they can experience difficulty breathing, chronic nosebleeds, or snoring problems while they sleep. At our Southwest Houston ENT clinic, we've treated many patients that were suffering from issues brought on by a deviated septum, and have seen symptoms of all types. Whether you're experiencing slight nasal irritation, or you're having considerable trouble breathing through your nose, we can help.… Read More

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