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Deviated Nasal Septum

DNS (Deviated nasal septum) is defined as the deviation of nasal septum from normal/center of the nasal cavity. The nasal septum consist of bone and cartilage which divides the nasal cavity into two e..

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DNS (Deviated nasal septum) is defined as the deviation of nasal septum from normal/center of the nasal cavity. The nasal septum consist of bone and cartilage which divides the nasal cavity into two equal halves. The deviation of nasal septum makes breathing difficult for a person because one of their nostrils is smaller than the other. DNS may be present either from birth or develop during growth, or may be caused by an injury to the nose/face. Conditions such as common cold, blockage of the respiratory tract, etc. might be seen in the patient. This condition is also responsible for inflammation of sinus, and many patients might experience repeated nosebleeds or post nasal drips. About 80% of people have off centred nasal septum and it might not be a problem.

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Deviated Nasal Septum
Symptoms
symptoms

Almost 80% of people are born with some or the other deviation. Most of these deformities may not create any symptoms or come to notice. However, DNS may cause the following symptoms:

  • Nose obstruction.
  • Nose bleeding.
  • Snoring.
  • Preference for sleeping on a particular side.
  • Facial Pain, Postnasal drip, and headache.
  • Sleep Apnea.

 

Causes
causes

Deviated Nasal Septum is mostly due to a trauma or an accident affecting face and nose. Some of the most probable causes include:

  • Congenital nature of the disease.
  • Aging process.
  • Minute changes in swelling of nasal tissues.

 

Risks
risks

The main risk factors may include:

  • Driving without wearing seat belts.
  • Playing sports without protection to the face or nose.
  • Dry Mouth.
  • Congestion of nasal passage creating pressure inside the nose.
  • Disturbed sleep or sleep apnea.

 

 

Prevention
prevention

To prevent the occurrence of this disease, one should take care of:

  • Avoiding injury.
  • Use of protective equipment.
  • Wearing a helmet or seat belts.

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