Deviated Septum - St. Augustine ENT

A deviated or abnormally formed septum can block your child's nasal passages causing unnecessary breathing problems. The wall that divides the nostrils is composed of bone and cartilage that should be relatively centered and straight. However, if nose trauma, nasal disease or congenital abnormalities leave the septum crooked, chronic nasal obstruction can lead to a host of problems. Dr. DePasquale will conduct a thorough examination of the nose to determine the right treatment plan for the best outcomes.

In some patients, a deviated septum can literally block the airflow to one side of the nose. Treatment for mild conditions may include prescription medications or the use of adhesive nasal strips to correct the nasal obstruction. In more severe cases, a septoplasty is a routine out-patient procedure performed in a surgical setting under general or local anesthesia that is typically accomplished through a very small incision* inside the nose. Unlike cosmetic nose surgery, a septoplasty does not normally cause bruising or black eyes.

Reasons to Consider a Septoplasty

The severity of septal deformity and basic shape of your nose can cause nagging and persistent nasal problems to include:

  • snoring and sleep apnea
  • facial pain
  • nosebleeds
  • frontal headaches
  • chronic sinus infections
  • postnasal drip
  • loud or noisy breathing
  • swollen nasal passages

If you were born with a deviated septum or have suffered a broken nose, call us at 904.461.6060 or use this website's convenient contact form for a prompt email response.

*NOTE: A severe deviate septum may require a more aggressive surgical procedure. Only a qualified ENT surgeon can recommend the most appropriate approach to provide relief from specific ENT problems.

DISCLAIMER: This website provides information for educational purposes only. The content is not intended to be used for medical diagnostic purposes nor is it intended to serve as a recommendation for treatment and/or management of any medical or surgical condition. If you believe you have a medical condition, please contact your physician or healthcare provider without delay.

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