Nasal problems

Nasal problems can make it hard for you to breathe properly. Common causes of nasal problems are enlarged structures in the naval cavity, or a deviated septum.

Nasal deviated septum

Your septum is the bone and cartilage dividing your nasal cavity in half. A ‘nasal deviated septum’ is a crooked septum. It can make your nasal passage smaller so it is harder for you to breathe through your nose.

Your nose has a mucosal lining. In a normal nose, the lining swells and retracts many times a day. If you have a small nasal passage, it can become blocked when your mucosal lining is swollen. Additional cartilage, bone or mucosal tissue in your nose can also cause a block and affect your breathing.

Many people breathe loudly and their friends and family may think it is because they have a stuffed nose. However, a deviated septum can also cause loud breathing. The nasal tissue swells naturally but the deviated septum restricts the air passing through the nose making their breathing loud.

Fixing a deviated septum

A deviated septum could be corrected through non-cosmetic nasal surgery such as a septoplasty.

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