The nasal septum is a wall of cartilage and bone that separates the nostrils inside the nose. When this wall leans to one side or is misshapen, it can block the nasal passageway, causing a host of problems such as poor breathing and sleep issues.
What is a Deviated Septum?
When the septum – or the cartilage and bone wall separating the nostrils – deviates from a straight path by leaning to one side or the other, the condition is called a deviated septum. Any curvature of the septum can impair breathing by shrinking the amount of space available for air passage on either side of the nose.
A deviated septum can cause multiple problems for the patient, including discomfort, chronic nasal congestion and blockage, sleep apnea, snoring, nosebleeds, and infections.