Nasal obstruction can be caused by a deviated nasal septum.  There are four key symptoms that ultimately point to nasal obstruction.

These symptoms are:

  • Facial Pain and Headaches
  • Excessive Snoring and Sleep Apnea
  • Recurrent Ear Infections, Dizziness
  • Sinus Infections


Nasal septum deviation is a common physical disorder of the nose, involving a displacement of the nasal septum.  It is most frequently caused by impact trauma, such as by a blow to the face. It can also be a congenital disorder, caused by compression of the nose during childbirth.  This condition can result in poor drainage of the sinuses.  When a deviated septum is severe, it can block one side of your nose and reduce airflow.  Patients can also complain of difficulty breathing, headaches, bloody noses, or of sleeping disorders, such as snoring or sleep apnea.


Initial treatment of deviated septum may be directed at managing the symptoms with decongestants, antihistamines, or nasal cortisone sprays.   Medications are only a temporary fix, however, and won’t correct a deviated septum.  In most cases, a deviated septum can be corrected with a minor surgical procedure known as Septoplasty


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