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Is Your Nose Broken? Know The Symptoms of a Deviated Septum

deviated septum

There are a variety of causes that result in a deviated septum, including genetic susceptibility, getting bopped in the nose by an errant pass or walking into a pole. However, just because you suffered an injury to your nose, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have this particular medical condition. Before you decide that you have this condition, you should consider the symptoms of a deviated septum.

Symptoms of a Deviated Septum


One of the biggest signs of a deviated septum are nosebleeds that seem to pop up out of nowhere. Some people do have skin inside their nasal passage that happen to be unusually thin, but the majority of bloody noses signal that there’s something out of balance within your nasal passage. For a deviated septum, the symptom of a nose bleed is a signal that your condition has lead to a dry surface within your nose.

Face Pain

In cases of a severe deviated septum, the sufferer may experience pain that originates from the area that’s impacted by your condition. The current theory of how this happens focuses on inflammation. When people deal with the swelling that occurs along with a severe case, the pressure pushes against the inside of the nose, triggering nerves that release a pain signal, similar to when people deal with pain that originates from the sinus cavities.

Nostril Obstruction

Since the inside of your nose isn’t properly aligned, the passageways that facilitate breathing will have been altered as well. Depending on the severity of your case, you may find it extremely difficult to breathe through your nose. For people with a non-severe injury, this may become an issue only when allergy season comes around, of if a respiratory illness settles into the nasal area.

Breathing Noise While Sleeping

One issue raised by nostril obstruction through a deviated septum involves altering how you breathe while you sleep. Similar to those who deal with sleep apnea, which causes snoring, those who have a misaligned nose will end up making strange noises while breathing during sleep. If you find yourself waking up your partner with strange noises at night, you may have a deviated septum.

Strong Preference For One Side While Sleeping

Since a deviated septum causes a narrowing of breathing passageways, you may find yourself favoring one side over the other strongly because it’s nearly impossible to breathe on the unfavourable side.

Pronounced Nasal Cycle

It’s not unusual for the nose to switch the side that’s experiencing a blockage, but if the effect is especially noticeable, there’s a chance that it has to do with having a deviated septum.

What Exactly Is a Deviated Septum?

The septum is the part of the nose that divides the left and right nostril, shaping the middle portion of your nose. When this part of your nose, which contains cartilage, shifts to the left or the right, it becomes asymmetrical, which reduces the passageway of the nostril. This results in the symptoms listed above, as well as other problems.

Seek Treatment With Rhinology Experts

There are a lot of people who deal with symptoms and problems that appear to be caused by a deviated septum. However, researchers point to many misdiagnosed cases that lead to unnecessary surgery. Receiving a diagnosis from a specialist ensures that you get the right treatment.

Houston Sinus & Allergy specializes in treating nasal and sinus conditions and providing allergy care. Our practice is committed to helping you find long term relief from your symptoms. Dr. Nguyen is a Board Certified ENT – Head and Neck Surgeon with extensive training & experience in diseases of the ears, nose & throat.

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