Alternatives to Deviated Septum Surgery

Deviated septum is a common medical condition characterized by a shift of the nasal septum (thin wall separating the right and left nostril) to one side, which is suffered from a lot of people all over the world. In fact, most people who are suffering from deviated septum are not aware of their conditions. Only severe cases of deviated septum are usually known, wherein there are already symptoms manifested by patients related to deviated septum. Only when people with deviated septum noticed some symptoms, that is when they are going to seek consult and treatment. Some symptoms and complications of severe cases of deviated septum are recurrent sinus infections, nosebleed (epistaxis), unable or difficulty breathing through the deviated side of the nostril, headaches, facial tenderness, and nasal congestion. Deviated septum surgery (septoplasty) may be recommended in some cases to correct the problem, however, it is not always necessary for a person with deviated septum to undergo deviated septum surgery or septoplasty.

Decongestants for Deviated Septum

Symptoms of Deviated Septum: Nasal Congestion and Runny Nose

One common symptom of deviated septum is nasal congestion. Decongestants can help in relieving nasal congestion by reducing the amount of congestion in the nasal airways that are constricted by the deviated septum, thus opening up the nasal airways for better breathing. Most decongestants are available without a prescription and are over-the-counter. However, the use of decongestants should be used with caution. Frequent usage of decongestants can develop into dependency, and symptoms of nasal congestion can be worse whenever decongestants are not used.

Nasal Cortisone for Deviated Septum

Cortisone is a type of steroid that is found in nasal sprays. When sprayed directly into the mucous membranes of the nose, it can help in reducing the inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages, thus improves breathing. Nasal cortisone sprays can help in preventing runny nose, which can decrease the risk of sinus infections and nasal blockages.

Antihistamines for Deviated Septum

Antihistamines are medications used to counter the effects of histamine. Histamine is a substance that plays a major role in allergic reactions. In cases of deviated septum, antihistamines are used to help in relieving runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing. It is very important to relieve runny nose especially in people with deviated septum. Runny nose in deviated septum can easily cause the deviated side of the nose to clog or cause nasal blockage. Never take antihistamines when driving a car or operating machineries for it can cause life threatening events.  Just keep in mind that antihistamines can cause drowsiness, dry mouth, and blurring of vision. Never take antihistamines when driving a car or operating machineries for it can cause life threatening events.

 

Author: M.L.G

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