I have had allergies and the doctor said my septum looked big. Is This a Deviated Septum? (photo)
Doctor Answers (4)
Deviated septum and problems breathing throught the nose
- Other than a deviated septum, we can also reduce the size of the turbinates (they are on the outside wall of the nose), which may help your allergies
- If you would like to breathe better, you can try a nasal spray (like Flonase or Nasonex) or opt for surgery if you are a candidate
- Please visit a nose specialist when you are ready
Best to consult with a qualified ENT Dr that can give you a full examination. If you are in Los Angeles please contact us at the Boriscosmetic Center. Good luck
Is This a Deviated Septum?
It is difficult to determine from the limited photo whether you have a deviated septum or whether the issue is prominence of a portion of your tip cartilage. Both can be remedied but require a surgical procedure to do so. I hope this information is helpful.
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The septum can be deviated on either one or both sides, and can be deviated in the front of the nose and the back of the nose. A full examination of the internal portion of the nose must be performed to determine medical necessity to see if the degree of deviation is causing nasal obstruction. In addition to a deviated septum causing obstruction, there are other issues that can cause nasal obstruction such as valve collapse, vestibular stenosis, turbinate hypertrophy, and allergies. Most insurance companies recommend medical management first, and if patients have failed medical management for nasal obstruction, then consideration for the surgical option to include a septoplasty can be entertained.
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