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Could a Deviated Septum be Causing My Headaches?

Do you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines? Your problem could be a deviated septum. While most people have some level of deviation, more extreme variations can lead to a variety of health issues.  Fixing the problem could help you to breathe easier and feel better. Many patients find that a septoplasty (the surgery to correct a deviated septum) greatly improves their quality of life and helps to alleviate headaches.

What Is a Deviated Septum?

The septum is the wall of tissue that separates the two nostrils. Ideally, both nostrils are perfectly symmetrical but, much of the time, they are not. If the variation between the two is significant, you have a deviated septum. You can have a naturally deviated septum or one may develop after an injury or trauma.

How Can a Deviated Septum Cause Headaches?

A deviated septum can cause a variety of health concerns, including headaches and frequent migraines. This may be due to an increased incidence in sinus infections, the septum coming in contact with sensitive nasal tissues, or other factors. Studies have found that correcting the deviation can alleviate headaches in a significant portion of patients. Many of Dr. Sajjadian’s septoplasty patients find that they feel much better after they have recovered from surgery. In turn, their many chronic health complaints are resolved or reduced.

What Else Can be a Sign of a Deviated Septum?

Headaches aren’t the only sign of a potential deviated septum. If you have any of the following issues, you may have a deviation that needs correction:

  • Difficulty breathing out of one or both nostrils.
  • Nosebleeds
  • Facial pain.
  • Snoring
  • Sinus infections.
  • Worsening of allergies.

I Think I Have a Deviated Septum. What Should I Do?

If you think you may have a deviated septum, call our offices and schedule a consultation with Dr. Sajjadian. As one of the area’s best rhinoplasty surgeons and one of only a few plastic surgeons to hold triple board certification, Dr. Sajjadian is uniquely qualified to examine your nose and make recommendations on the best course of treatment. He can help you determine if you have a deviated septum, a nasal obstruction, or some other issue. During your consultation, he’ll help you determine the best course of treatment so you can breathe easier. Feel your best—call and schedule your consultation today.