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Do You Have a Deviated Septum?

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Your nostrils are separated by the septum, made up of cartilage. Each nasal passage should be roughly the same size, allowing for easy air flow when breathing. If one side is significantly disproportionate to the other, this can result in breathing problems.

A deviated septum is usually hereditary. In fact, most people will have differently sized nasal passages; it is only when the distance is extreme that issues become apparent. Otherwise, if you have experienced trauma to the nose, such as a break, this may alter the septum’s structure.

Signs of a Deviated Septum

You can test yourself for breathing difficulties right now. Firstly, close your mouth and breathe only through your nose. If you struggle to take in enough air, or perceive a rattling sound, this is your first indication that your nostrils are not functioning optimally. Now, close off one nostril at a time with your finger. You may notice it is easier to draw breath through one side of your nose than the other.

Difficulty breathing has an extremely negative effect on sleep. You may wake up frequently and often feel tired. When the nose is blocked during sleep, you will instinctively open your mouth to keep up the intake of air. Drawing breath through the oral pathways vibrates the soft tissues, resulting in very loud snoring. This results in a wakeful night for both you and your loved ones.

It is normal to experience an occasional nosebleed, but if they appear along with other symptoms, it could suggest a deviated septum. The lining of the nostrils is drier, and struggling to pull in air produces tiny perforations in the delicate tissue.

Excess sinus fluid is naturally expelled through the nose. If a deviation in the nasal passage prevents proper drainage, you may encounter pain around the cheeks, forehead and eyes. Too much mucus sitting in the sinus cavity encourages the growth of bacteria, and sinusitis can develop more than usual.

Talk to Dr. Maurice Khosh About Your Breathing Problems

To get to the root cause of your breathing issues, Dr. Khosh will thoroughly examine your nasal passages. He will recommend the optimal surgical technique to bring better functionality to your nose.

If your deviated septum is accompanied by a change in the nose structure, or chronic sinus issues, it is possible to combine several procedures. Contact Dr. Khosh today at his New York Surgery clinic for an appointment.

Posted on behalf of Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS

Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
580 Park Avenue Suite 1BE,
New York, NY 10065
(212) 339-9988

What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say


Based on 174 reviews

Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
Diana G.
Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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