The normal aging process can also worsen a deviated septum. This is because the changes that the body experiences can affect the nasal structures.
The symptoms and signs of a deviated septum can interfere with one’s daily tasks or quality of life. For instance, people with a deviated septum may often have to breathe through their mouths, leading to a dry mouth. Breathing issues from a deviated septum can also lead to sleeping problems and an inability to perform physically demanding activities like exercise.
In more severe cases, a deviated septum can cause permanent damage to the sinus and nasal mucosa. This is due to the nasal cavity’s altered ventilation.
When to contact a doctor
If you exhibit a few or all symptoms of a deviated septum that don’t go away with regular treatment (such as medicines and nasal sprays), contact your doctor. Prompt treatment can be greatly beneficial, especially if you have a severe case.
A deviated septum may not be obvious at first, but recognizing the signs and treating it immediately can greatly improve your health and quality of life. The common signs of a deviated septum include recurring nosebleeds, headaches, sinus infections, a noticeable nasal cycle, and the need to sleep on a specific side.
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