A deviated septum is an occurrence where the septum, the bone and cartilage segment that separates the two nostrils of the nose, is not centered correctly, thus causing the division of the nostrils to be unequal. Very few individuals have a perfectly centered septum, however, a deviated septum refers to when it is off balance enough to cause unpleasant symptoms. Trivial septum deviations typically do not require any treatment because they do not result in any observable symptoms. A deviated septum can be due to a congenital disability or can be the result of a previous nose injury. Because the warning signs of a deviated septum can be similar to other illnesses and conditions, it is essential to seek the advice of a qualified medical professional for an accurate diagnosis.
Increased Frequency Of Nosebleeds
Numerous tiny blood vessels sit right underneath the mucous membranes of the nasal channels. This is the reason for general nosebleeds in individuals who do not have a deviated septum. As the main function of the nasal septum is to channel the air inhaled directly to the lungs without interference or agitation, a deviated septum tends to disrupt that channeling of air. This can cause excessive dryness in parts of the nasal passages in addition to strain from the pressure built up from breathing difficulties. The result of this dryness and or increased pressure is typically a nosebleed from the cracking or tearing of the skin in the nasal passages. In addition, individuals who suffer from a deviated septum will experience sinus infections and general inflammation of the nose, which will also cause frequent nosebleeds. Most often, the increased frequency of nosebleeds is not a life-threatening condition, however, they can be very bothersome and cause stomach discomfort and upset.