Since working in healthcare, I’ve come to learn A LOT of fascinating things about the human body. Which, in turn, has given me the idea that two years in this field is the equivalent to eight years of medical school! Believe me, if I were you, I wouldn’t take medical advice from me; my husband however, is not that lucky; he has to live with me and listen to my senseless rants as I try to diagnosis him. I would say 9 times out of 10 I’m completely off base but, I treasure the one time I hit the nail right on the head!
One thing you need to know about me is I am a girl who loves her sleep! I can take a snooze just about anywhere, cars, airplanes, IMAX movie theaters, like I said, anywhere. So you can imagine my mood when I was awakened every night by a freight train snorer of a husband. I was bound to figure out what was causing the irritating noise that was keeping me from my eight hours of sleep. I made him try sleeping on his back, then on his side, then on his stomach but nothing worked.
After doing a little research online and taking note of my husband’s other not so normal symptoms (heavy nose bleeds, headaches and obnoxiously loud breathing ) I determined that my husband had a deviated spetum. Once making my diagnosis, I made him go and see an Ear Nose and Throat doc. This is what he learned about that little nose of his.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology estimates that 80 percent of the population has a deviated septum.
First of all, your septum is the divider between your nostrils. It is made up of flexible cartilage covering a small amount of bone. When it is off center, potentially blocking one nostril, it is said to be deviated.
Common symptoms are frequent nose bleeds, nasal congestion, and reoccurring sinus infections. Most people who suffer from these symptoms typically just deal with them mostly likely due to lack of understanding and knowledge about the possible treatments.
Treatment can include medication or other non-surgical options which can temporarily improve your symptoms, but to solve the problem, a surgical procedure is necessary.
Dr. Justin Gull from the Specialty Care Network at Jordan Family Health and ENT Specialists sat down with us to explain what a deviated septum is and the surgical option available for treating it.
So, now that you know what could be causing that obnoxious snoring take some action! You can dramatically improve your quality of life. Colds, bloody noses, sinus infections, and more will not affect you nearly as much and in serious cases, a severe disorder will be corrected. Ask your physician for a referral to a great ENT or you can just click here!