Perhaps you have been having difficulty sleeping through the night, or your partner is complaining about your excessive snoring. Maybe you feel like you constantly have a stuffy nose, or have trouble breathing on your evening walks. You might not realize what the problem is, but the answer could be right under your nose. You might be suffering from a deviated septum. A deviated septum is a condition in which the nasal septum is crooked or obstructed. While this causes physical symptoms, it can also impact the appearance of your nose, as well. Fortunately, Dr. Kevin Sadati can help Orange County patients who are dealing with a deviated septum.
Causes of a Deviated SeptumThere are two main causes of a deviated septum. Some people are born with a deviated septum and have been battling the symptoms associated with it for most of their lives. On the other hand, many times a deviated septum is caused by a nasal injury.
As the nose is a delicate part of the body that protrudes from the face, it is susceptible to injury. Contact sports and car accidents are two of the most common ways that people injure their noses and end up with a deviated septum. However, a deviated septum can occur as a result of childbirth, falling on the sidewalk or simply playing rough with another person.
Risk Factors for a Deviated SeptumThe average person is not more susceptible to a deviated septum than another person. However, people who participate in contact sports such as hockey, baseball or football are more at risk for this condition because they are more at risk for injury. In addition, people who do not get in the habit of wearing a seat belt while riding in a car also are at a higher risk for a deviated septum. A seat belt can help protect a person in a car accident, preventing them from smashing their face and suffering from a deviated septum after the fact.
Complications Associated with a Deviated SeptumPeople who have a deviated septum might experience a variety of symptoms. The severity of these symptoms will vary based on the degree of the obstruction. Common complications include dry mouth, snoring, difficulty sleeping, nasal congestion and sinus pressure. If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms persistently, it might be time to see a doctor.
If, at all, possible, it’s important for Newport Beach patients to avoid being injured during an accident or a contact sport. However, sometimes a deviated septum is unavoidable. If you have a deviated septum and are looking for a solution, it might be time to set up an appointment with Dr. Kevin Sadati. He can help you determine if you will require a septoplasty, which is a surgical procedure designed to fix the deviation and alleviate your symptoms. For more information about the deviated septum condition and to find out your options, set up your appointment with Dr. Kevin Sadati today.