If you experience chronic trouble breathing even with the absence of allergens or illness, it may be an indication of something more serious. Frequent blockage and sinus infections are not typical and if your nasal symptoms begin to affect you day to day, you may want to consult your physician to determine whether these are signs of a deviated septum.
The nasal septum is the partition between the two nasal passages that supports the nose and helps facilitate airflow. When that bone or cartilage is not straight, it is what is commonly referred to as a deviated septum. In such cases, the quality of breathing may be compromised and you may experience conditions such as sleep apnea or snoring. A septum can be deviated at birth (congenitally) or can result from trauma or injury. For treatment of a crooked septum, Dr. Alen Cohen at the Southern California Sinus Institute provides septoplasty options in Tarzana to help restore your ability to breath easier.
A deviated septum is not only a nuisance; it can lead to more chronic conditions, such as sinus problems, inflammation, nasal congestion, or frequent nosebleeds. Septoplasty in Tarzana is not for quick relief of temporary symptoms, and the surgery is performed only if the symptoms persist or worsen. The most typical symptom is difficulty breathing, especially more so on one side but can be bilateral as well. Because the septum is misshapen, drainage of the sinuses is restricted, causing the patient to become susceptible to frequent sinus infections.
Septoplasty in Tarzana is a reconstructive nasal procedure developed to correct and restore function of an improperly formed septum. Often time this is a short outpatient procedure and may be combined with turbinate reduction or sinus surgery to restore your ability to breathe normally again. If you are looking for options to treat symptoms attributed to a deviated septum, talk to Dr. Alen Cohen to discuss options regarding septoplasty in Tarzana.