The nasal septum is the wall dividing the nasal cavity into two halves. Comprised of a central supporting skeleton covered on each side by mucous membranes, the front portion of the partition is a firm but bendable structure made mostly of cartilage and is covered by skin that has a lot of blood vessels. Ideally, your nasal septum is exactly midline, separating the left and right sides of the nose into passageways of equal size.
However, estimates say that 80% of all nasal septums are off-center. Usually, off-center nasal septums are so close to being midline that they are often unnoticed. A deviated septum, on the other hand, occurs when the septum is severely shifted away from the midline. Common symptoms of a deviated septum include:
- Blockage of one or both nostrils
- Nasal congestion, sometimes one-sided
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Frequent sinus infections
- Facial pain
- Postnasal drip
- Noisy breathing during sleep (in infants and young children)
A trained specialist in diagnosing and treating ear, nose and throat disorders can determine the cause of your chronic sinusitis and nasal obstruction. All you have to do is give Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates a call, and we will take care of the rest.
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