If you experience nasal wheezing, a constant runny nose or feel like something is stuck in your nostrils, you may have a perforated septum. The septum separates the two passages of your nose and is made of cartilage and bone.
A perforated septum is when a hole develops through this nostril division. The severity of symptoms varies from person to person, but usually depends on the size of the hole. While there are many treatment options available, only a qualified surgeon can permanently close the perforation.
Causes of a Perforated Septum
There are many reasons a perforated septum can develop. Infections, trauma and certain drugs increase your risk. Your risk is also elevated if you work with certain chemicals.
You can reduce your risk of a perforated septum by using a dehumidifier, using only saline-based nasal sprays and switching the chemicals compounds you work with. If you cannot switch chemicals, it is important to wear personal protective equipment.
If you already have a perforated septum, saline sprays or antibiotics may be prescribed to you. It is important to speak to your specialist before trying any remedies.
Even though the perforation may make it feel like something is in your nose, do not insert cotton swabs, rolled up tissues or anything else up your nose. It won’t make the feeling go away and you risk making your symptoms worse.
Specialized Septum Perforation Repair
Doctors frequently offer patients a prosthetic button to plug the perforation. While it seals the hole, many buttons require removal for cleaning. It can be a cumbersome task and is not an ideal long-term solution.
Permanently correcting a perforated septum requires very delicate surgery performed by a specialist in Otolaryngology—a doctor who specializes in ear, nose and throat surgery.
Dr. Maurice Khosh is a double board-certified surgeon in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. This means he has the expertise to repair your perforated septum and he can also perform the surgery with more pleasing results.
To discuss a permanent solution to your nasal damage, contact the office of Dr. Khosh today to schedule your evaluation for perforated septum repair.