SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Most septal deformities result in no symptoms, and you may not even know you have a deviated septum. Some septal deformities, however, may cause the following signs and symptoms:
- Obstruction of one or both nostrils. This obstruction can make it difficult to breathe through the nostril or nostrils. This may be more noticeable when you have a cold (upper respiratory tract infection) or allergies that can cause your nasal passages to swell and narrow.
- Nosebleeds. The surface of your nasal septum may become dry, increasing your risk of nosebleeds.
- Facial pain. You may experience pain if your nasal septum is coming into contact with the outside wall of your nose.
- Frequent or recurring sinus infections. Sinus infections can result from blocked mucus and are often marked by facial pain, nasal obstruction and a foul discharge.
- Noisy breathing during sleep. This is more common in infants and young children with a deviated septum.
When to see a doctor
See your doctor if you experience:
- Recurring sinus infections
- Frequent nosebleeds
- A blocked nostril that doesn't respond to treatment
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