Deviated Septum: Treatment and Considerations

Deviated Septum: Treatment and Considerations
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Vidit Rohit Shah and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I'm 21 years old and I suspect I have a deviated septum. The cartilage or septum in my nose seems tilted towards the left side, making it difficult to breathe properly, especially when I'm asleep. Sometimes, I even wake up due to the difficulty in breathing. I'm not sure if this is the beginning of the problem, but I want to fix it. What should I do?



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Not all deviated nasal septums require surgical correction. Given your symptoms of nasal blockage and difficulty breathing, here's what I recommend:


- Reduce intake of cold water and beverages.

- Start Tab Levosiz M 0-0-1 for 10 days after dinner.

- Use Otrivin nasal drops, 3 drops thrice a day in both nostrils for 5 days.

- After 5 days of using the drops, switch to Flomist nasal spray, 1 puff in each nostril twice a day for 1 month.


If your symptoms persist after a month of treatment, or if you experience mouth breathing, headaches, or symptoms returning after initial improvement, surgical correction may be considered. It's essential to monitor your symptoms closely and consult with a healthcare professional if needed.



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