Deviated Nasal Septum
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- Present at birth—arose during fetal development (5% of cases)
- Birth injury to the nose
- A blow to the nose, often during an accident or while playing sports
- Contact sports, especially karate or football without appropriate protective headgear
- Trauma is the most common risk factor
- Stuffy nose (one or both sides)
- Sinus infections
- Breathing noisily during sleep
- Facial pain or headache
- Wear seat belts in automobiles and airplanes
- Wear appropriate protective headgear when playing sports
American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery http://www.entnet.org
HealthFinder, US Department of Health and Human Services http://www.healthfinder.gov
Canadian Society of Otolaryngology http://www.entcanada.org
The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons http://www.plasticsurgery.ca
Fact sheet: deviated septum. American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery website. Available at: http://www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/deviatedSeptum.cfm. Accessed July 24, 2008.
- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/01/2014 -
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