- Updated on July 31, 2019
By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author
Most people can easily avoid deviated septum surgery if they manage to breathe … in accordance with medical norms 24/7. A deviated septum means a condition that happens when the nasal septum is displaced to one side. The nasal septum has a bone and a cartilage which divides the nasal cavity into two equal halves. A deviated septum may cause one nasal passage to be smaller than the other. So when a deviated septum happens it becomes difficult for a person to breathe. It is estimated that around 80% of people have their nasal septum misaligned. It means that 8 out of 10 people has a deviated septum. But it will not be in the same condition in every one of them. Nose injury is a common cause for the septum to have deviated, but it does not mean that those people face breathing problems. Very noticeable breathing problems happen only to those people who have severe imbalances in their nasal septum.
All people with a deviated septum suffer from a lower body-oxygen level due to chronic overbreathing (see the Homepage for facts and numbers). This hyperventilaiton prevents them from experiencing a thriving state of health. Also, deviated septum surgery includes a cost, it comes with pain, and time for recovery. So, how to fix a deviated septum without surgery? Breathing retraining (including the Buteyko Method) and adhering to Dr. Buteyko’s lifestyle points of sleep, diet, and exercise will eliminate all symptoms of a deviated septum and possibly (in most cases) even change the structural anatomy completely or significantly making it easier to breathe. Breathing retraining and the Buteyko method are natural treatment therapies.
A deviated septum has a crucial role in increased nasal resistance, nasal obstruction symptoms and snoring. If it is not given proper care it may become worse as the person becomes old. A deviated septum may be in a person from birth or it grows during childhood. A CT scan may be done sometimes to see the extent and nature of deviation.
Causes of deviated septum
The main reason for a deviated septum is a low body-oxygen level (usually less than 20 s for the CP test). A deviated septum occurs due to chronic hyperventilation or over-breathing. Over-breathing creates conditions for various unnecessary tissues to grow in the body.
A deviated septum may happen in two cases. That is:
- deviated septum occurs after birth or during growth in childhood.
- An accident or trauma sometimes contributes to a deviated septum.
Nasal congestion is the most common symptom that is seen when there is a deviation in the septum. Nasal congestion happens on one side of the nose because one is smaller than the other, along with difficulty in breathing it is the most common symptom of a deviated septum.
A deviated septum does not always show symptoms. The person who has a deviated septum may not believe that he has one. But it has the following symptoms that are common in individuals who have a large deviation:
- Nosebleeds: In the case of a dry nasal septum, the nosebleeds may happen.
- Facial pain: When the deviated septum is severe then that may result in a facial pain. It may pain on one side of the face.
- Recurrent sinus infections.
- Snoring in sleep: Due to a deviated septum, breathing may not happen regularly. So snoring may happen while sleeping..
- Obstruction of one or both nostrils.
- Loss of smell.
- Mouth breathing: this causes a large decrease in body-oxygen levels.
Nasal obstruction may happen in severe cases of a deviated septum. So it may lead to:
- A nasal passage may feel like a congested and stuffy nose.
- Sleeping may be disturbed due to irregular breathing.
- Dry mouth: Mouth breathing may cause dry mouth.
Natural treatment for deviated septum
Firstly, it should be understood that a deviated septum is a common condition. A severe deviation in the septum should be treated to avoid complications and even just treating the symptoms with breathing retraining should be used to be carefree. Following the natural treatment of breathing retraining practice and Dr. Buteyko’s lifestyle points of diet, exercise, and sleep will improve the body-oxygen level. Breathing retraining practice includes the Buteyko Method. X seconds for the body-oxygen test is required to be free from symptoms related to the deviated septum (X seconds can be found below in the bonus content below.)
The secondary treatments include:
- -Septum repairing surgeries can be done to avoid complications such as breathing problems etc. Septoplasty surgery is intended to repair septum. There should be considerations for the cost, pain and time of recovery for the surgery, together with success rates.
- -Stuffy nose and related problems can be treated with medications and surgeries may not be needed in this condition. Decongestants and nasal sprays are some of them.
- -Nasal strip is a bandage with plastic ribs which can be used in the bridge for regular breathing.
Deviations may happen due to injury also. So it best to understand that self-care is the best care. If a deviated septum was caused by injuries or accidents the following measures may be taken to avoid them:
- A midrace mask or helmets can be used while playing for protection against face injuries and head injuries from happening. It may be used while playing football, rugby or volleyball etc.
- Seat belts should be put on while raiding car and other vehicles.
X seconds is the number to be free of symptoms related to a deviated septum. It is provided below.
X is 35+ seconds 24/7 and pulse below 70 while sitting.