Signs of a Deviated Septum

A deviated septum is a condition where the cartilage of the nose between the two nostrils grows to be off center. Many patient grow up with a deviated septum and in a full eighty percent of humans, the septum, or wall between the nostrils, is at least a little off center. For those whose septum is more severely off center, symptoms of a deviated septum may be more dramatic and troublesome.


  • Blockage of the nostrils is the most prominent sign of a deviated septum. One or both of the nostrils may be blocked if you suffer from a deviated septum. The blocked nostril will be obvious to the patient as he won’t be able to breathe properly through that part of the nose and he may also have difficulty blowing his nose properly from that side as well.
  • Nasal congestion is common as well for patients with a deviated septum. The congestion may be isolated on one side of the nose if that is the area where the most blockage is present.


  •  Frequent nosebleeds occur with more severe cases of a deviated septum. Those who grew up with the condition may have more bleeding throughout all years of life.


  •  Frequent headaches and facial pain can be symptoms of a deviated septum as well. The pressure that can build up behind the blockage is the frequent cause of this discomfort.


  •  Sinus pressure is also caused by the pressure that can build up behind the nose. Many times those with a deviated septum will also experience post nasal drip and other signs of what appears to be a cold or sinus infection.


  •  Sinus infections, severe hay fever and frequent cold like symptoms are all signs of a deviated septum as well.


  • Finally, noisy breathing and even snoring for children and some adults may stem from the deviated septum as well.