Temporary & Permanent Treatment for a Deviated Septum – Which is Better?

Deviated septum treatment is available in two forms; the first is a temporary solution to the many problems associated with a deviated septum, the second in a more permanent cure which involves going under the knife. While it would be better to go for the permanent treatment i.e. surgery, the choice is entirely up to you.

Temporary Treatment for a Deviated Septum

Is a temporary deviated septum cure better than a permanent deviated septum cure?

As the name suggests, these cures are temporary and usually help in obviating the many problems associated with a deviated septum such as:

  • Congestion
  • Cold
  • Allergies
  • Inflammation

The above are the most common problems which people suffer from when their septum is only slightly deviated. The usual treatment prescribed for the above is to use anti-histamines to fight the cold and allergies, to use different decongestants to fight congestion, lastly to prescribe nasal cortisone sprays to combat inflammation. But these will have to be regularly used whenever the problem occurs, they are not a permanent solution and they will re-occur again and again because the root cause of the problem has not been tackled.

Permanent Treatment for a Deviated Septum

The only permanent treatment currently available for a deviated septum is surgery. Known as septoplasty, this surgery will effectively set your septum back to its correct position i.e. in the middle where it will separate both nostrils into two equal halves. But surgery has its own set of risks and make sure to make an informed decision since there are chances of septum relapse where in your septum will become deviated again due to the internal memory of your nose to grow in a specific manner.

Permanent or Temporary Deviated Septum Treatment – Which is Better?

In the end your choosing between a temporary and permanent deviated septum treatment is completely up to you, a decision which should be made after much though depending on your individual case. Make sure to sit down with your doctor and discuss to find the best option for you. I would advise going for surgery (septoplasty) if and only if your deviated septum is very severe, the deviated septum is causing you many serious problems such as nose bleeds, recurring sinus infections. If the only problems you encounter are a congested nose and a cold every now and then, then you really do not need to go under the knife for your deviated septum.

Author: Perumal G.

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