If you suffer from snoring and have been gathering information about this distressing and embarrassing sleeping disorder, chances are that you have come across the term deviated septum snoring.
To understand what deviated septum snoring is, you have to think about the nasal structure. There is a thin wall of tissue, called the “nasal septum” that divides the two nostrils, right? When the dividing line is not in the center of the nose, it is called ‘deviated’.
The nasal septum consists of two parts: the stiff bone that turns in to a cartilage at the tip. In case the nasal septum is tilted to one side, it obstructs the air flow as well as mucus through the nasal passage. When this obstruction leads to snoring, it is called deviated septum snoring.
While snoring may have several causes, a deviated septum is one of the most common reasons why people snore. You may remember that snoring is a typical noise created when there is a partial obstruction of upper air passage, located either in the nasal passage or the throat. When this air passage gets completely blocked, the condition is then called sleep apnea.
As strange as it may sound, it is estimated that about 80% of people have deviated septum. While this may be caused by an accident involving the nose, it could also be due to genetic reasons. When the septum is deviated from its rightful position, it can cause partial obstruction on one of the nasal passage ways leading to deviated septum snoring.
How Can I Tell If I Have a Deviated Septum?
Is it possible to know whether you are suffering from deviated septum snoring? Fortunately you may know, if you observe some of these common symptoms of deviated septum snoring:
Nasal obstruction in one or both the nostrils.
Congestion in the nose.
Bleeding from the nose.
Frequent attacks of sinus infections.
And, of course, snoring.
Consider yourself lucky if you suffer from minor deviated septum snoring, as this may not call for any treatment. However if the problem gets severe, the treatment of choice is septoplasty, that is aimed to restore the nasal septum to its original rightful position in the center of the nasal passage. Septoplasty is considered to be the most effective treatment if the situation has been diagnosed as deviated septum snoring.
Diagnosing Deviated Septum Snoring
How is deviated septum snoring diagnosed by the snoring doctor? They usually use a nasal speculum to examine the nasal passage way. You may also be referred to an otorhinolaryngologist, a specialized medical professional dealing with disorders of the ear, nose and throat.
People who are at increased risk of developing deviated septum snoring are those suffering from allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergy caused by pollen or environmental pollutants). Some allergy sufferers suffer from chronic sinusitis which is aggravated with a deviated septum.
For providing temporary relief from deviated septum snoring many doctors recommend decongestants like pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine that reduces the inflammation of the mucus membranes to facilitate increased air flow. Though steroid nasal sprays are also used for temporary relief, these should not be used for prolonged periods for possible negative effects.