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The shape of your nasal cavity could be the cause of chronic sinusitis.
The nasal septum is a wall that divides your nasal cavity into two halves. Covered on each side by mucous membrane, the front portion of this partition is a firm but bendable structure made mostly of cartilage.
Remarkably, an estimated 80% of all nasal septums are off center—a condition commonly referred to as a Deviated Septum. A Deviated Septum occurs when the septum is severely shifted, separating the left and right sides of the nose into passageways of unequal size. This uneven distribution can lead to some irritating symptoms.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have a Deviated Septum:
- • Blockage of one or both nostrils
- • Nasal congestion, sometimes one-sided
- • Frequent nosebleeds
- • Frequent sinus infections
- • At times, facial pain, headaches, postnasal drip
- • Noisy breathing during sleep (in infants and young children)
While many sinus problems can be linked to a Deviated Septum, there are many possible reasons for nasal airway obstruction. These problems may be the result of septal deviation, reactive edema (swelling), allergies, mucosal hypertrophy (increased size), anatomic abnormalities, or any combination of the hereforeto mentioned conditions.
For an accurate diagnosis of chronic sinusitis and nasal obstruction it is highly encouraged that you seek a trained specialist in diagnosing and treating ear, nose, and throat disorders. Otolaryngologists specialize in this area of medicine.
After discussing your symptoms, the physician will usually ask if you have ever experienced severe trauma to your nose, or if you have had previous nasal surgery. Next, a thorough examination of your nose will occur, including the position of your nasal septum. This usually involves nothing more than using a bright light and a nasal speculum to inspect the inside of each nostril.
Where can I find help?
Charleston ENT & Allergy is now open in Murrells Inlet! Located at 4835 Highway 17 North, Suite B, their board certified physicians are here to help with all of your Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy needs. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 843-766-7103 or visit www.CharlestonENT.com.