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deviated septum remedies?

Hello everyone! So I have what you call a deviated septum,or what I like to call, chucky-from-rugrats syndrome!
I'm pretty much  always congested,can't smell/breathe through my nose and I really want to find some natural remedies  for this.

I've done the neti pot  (doesnt do much),my diet is clean (no dairy/meat),and I exercise,and try to smell strong things like peppermint to awaken it,but alas it does not work. I wake up with sore throat alot because I can't breathe through my nose.
It's nothing to do with sinus infection - because I do have those on and off and know the difference. it's just ongoing congestion. it's been this way since I was little. I would really like to smell the aromatherapy candles I have. Or not have sore throats in the morning.

If anyone has suggestions or ideas that would be great!!! 


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Jan. 24th, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
My husband has a deviated septum, and he uses bath therapy to help with congestion a lot. He tries to take a hot steam bath or hot bath at least once a night. Steam helps to break up the congestion and open the nasal passages. Plus it helps because it makes you drink a lot of water which can help cleanse your system.
Jan. 24th, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
He strongly avows the use of bath salts and Epsom salt which is good for you skin, and provides some of the same function of the Neti pots.
Jan. 24th, 2012 04:02 am (UTC)
If it's seriously affecting your breathing, I'd say you need to see an ear, nose, and throat doc and see if having it fixed surgically is indicated.
Jan. 24th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
Further: are you sure it's actually a deviated septum? Have you had it diagnosed, or do you just assume?
Jan. 24th, 2012 04:26 am (UTC)
This. OP, I have a deviated septum, too. I pretty much just keep a chronic sinus infection and no, a neti pot is a BAD IDEA if only because of simple, mechanical reasons (hole blocked, do I really want to put MORE stuff up there? Answer: uh, NO WAY). The only fix is, not to put to fine a point on the face of this argument, getting a nose job to reset the septum and thereby open that area up to be able to reasonably drain. I have never wanted a nose job, so that I even consider it is fairly serious for me. In the meanwhile, until I can afford such a beast, I get increased allergic rhinitis and, like I said, this chronic narsty.

OP, I recommend along with Novel that you seek the services of an ear/nose/throat doc, or at the very, very least a reputable allergist. Sometimes helping to reduce allergic response can help swelling go down just a little, which can help you get your sense of smell back, and that may be enough for you such that you don't require surgical intervention. (IANAD but honestly from what you're describing this might not be avoidable if you want it really resolved.)
Jan. 24th, 2012 04:33 am (UTC)
Ranj was super happy with his rhinoplasty. They really only have to change things if you ask them to--his looked exactly the same afterward except he could breathe.

They also didn't put him out; did it under two locals.
Jan. 24th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
Breathing is awesome. I highly recommend it for just about everyone. I like my nose shape well enough as it's familiar to me, but I'm not fantastically worried about the shape so much as recovery (and the fact that I live with a rather enthusiastic three year old). Go figure.
Jan. 24th, 2012 08:09 am (UTC)
I had to have surgery on my nose when I broke it (and we didn't realize it until a week later, whoops) and the recovery was not too bad. The worst parts were the after-effects of the anesthesia (because they put me all the way under) and that the bandage on my nose made it impossible to wear my glasses and I was half-blind for several days. I had to take things easy for a week or so, if I recall, but I could definitely do things, go to school, etc once I got over the anesthesia. If they can do the surgery without putting you all the way under like noveldevice mentioned, I imagine the recovery would be much easier. I, unfortunately(?), have a strong fighting instinct when things come at my face and thus they decided I had to be all the way under so they could actually do the procedure. I imagine things are more complicated when you have a kid, but that was definitely the easiest surgery I've had.
Jan. 24th, 2012 04:41 am (UTC)
This. It's the only thing that has made any difference (and wow, what a difference!). When all of a sudden you can breathe about 75% more oxygen into your lungs than you have since you were three years old, it almost makes you dizzy (in a good way).
Jan. 24th, 2012 04:44 am (UTC)
Oooooh, now I wonder if it wouldn't, y'know, nuke my (allergy-induced) asthma from orbit. That would be great.
Jan. 24th, 2012 05:54 am (UTC)
Oh just like my hubby! He broke his nose when he was 3, and only just recently got the surgery done.
Jan. 24th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
This. My boss is an ENT, and a septoplasty is a very simple procedure compared to other things you can have done to your head. IIRC, while rhinoplasties (nose jobs) are not covered by insurance because they're cosmetic procedures, septoplasties are medical and therefore covered.
Jan. 24th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
Rrrreally. What is recovery like for septoplasty versus rhinoplasty?
Jan. 24th, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
Having had neither, I can't speak from personal experience. I do know that a septoplasty is an in-and-out procedure (surgery in the morning, out by mid afternoon), and doesn't require any artistic ability on the part of the surgeon like a rhinoplasty does. Patients go in with one nose and come out with that same nose, albeit a little swollen.
Jan. 24th, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
Ah, well, less invasive results in shorter/easier recovery, I'd hope. Thanks.
Jan. 24th, 2012 05:48 am (UTC)
I had a similar sinus surgery a couple of years ago. My recovery was very mild. The pain was minimal, and I was just sort of worn out for a few days. I have a friend who has had 3 nose surgeries, because the 1st one was messed up (not to scare you)! Anyway, she is a mom, whose husband is away frequently and she did fine with their 4 year old, who was maybe 2 when it all started.
Jan. 24th, 2012 05:58 am (UTC)
I don't know about rhinoplasty, but the septoplasty was pretty basic -- a week of pain killers, 10 days of anti-biotics. Plus 2 weeks of no bending over or lifting anything heavy or doing anything that will raise your blood pressure (ie, no exercise, no sex, etc). Hubby says the worst part was that he wasn't allowed to blow his nose for 10 days.

Now, a friend of mine had septoplasty done last year, and his nose was all bruised and heinous-looking afterward. But when hubby had his done, he looked perfectly normal. I'm assuming that individual cases vary, depending on exactly what they have to do to fix the nose.
Jan. 24th, 2012 08:12 am (UTC)
Ohhh, I forgot about not being able to blow your nose. Yeah, that part was not fun at all, and neither was the wad of cotton they jabbed up there...

My nose was only a bit swollen, and I don't think there was any bruising at all (apparently you can sometimes get black eyes).
Jan. 24th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
Ew cotton! That would have driven me bonkers. Hubby didn't have cotton, but he did have a stent in each nostril that they took out after a week.

Oh and there was the sore throat from the surgery's breathing tube. He only wanted to eat pudding and other soft stuff for a while.
Jan. 24th, 2012 05:06 am (UTC)
well I hate to be one of those self-diagnosis but after bringing it up to the last dr and him not even knowing what a deviated septum is,and reading and seeing what it looks like online ,it fits exactly. I've been this way my entire life,went through every sinus antibiotic,every allergy medication,allergy shots,etc. it hasnt gone away. I can hardly breathe through my nostrils,espeically when I do exercise,I have to breathe heavy through my mouth. and yes I snore loud! unfortunately steaming doesnt work well... it actually makes it harder to breathe.
& the neti pot liquid would come out my mouth not my other nostril haha! I'm not sure if that was normal.

i will try to get some oregano oil though as mentioned below! my insurance dropped me so surgeries/doctors arent an option right now
Jan. 24th, 2012 05:37 am (UTC)
Honestly, if your doc didn't know what a deviated septum was, either you had a really stupid doctor, or you were talking about ENT things to a non-ENT.

I would strongly suggest that you explore community low- or no-cost medical programs. If your breathing is as badly affected as you say, you really should have some kind of treatment, and home remedies are really not going to cut it. You might find that you can obtain treatment for much less than you think.
Jan. 25th, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
Oregano oil is not going to fix a deviated septum. And I say this as someone with a severely deviated septum. Surgery is really the only option. Find a competent doctor as soon as you have insurance again.
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Jan. 24th, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
had that fixed when I was younger. had a nasal polyp fixed at the same time. have been using nasonex/flonase for year's and also am taking generic zyrtec.
Jan. 24th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
I have to agree with the others. The best way to fix a deviate septum is to get it surgically fixed. My husband has his done and can breathe SO much better. He still has a stuffy nose all the time and I CONSTANTLY have to remind him to blow his nose, but it's not NEARLY as bad as a few years ago. His snoring used to be so loud that it use to wake me up out of a dead sleep and it doesn't now. He still snores in my face though, but I think that's on purpose most of the time. :P

For me, with a non-deviated septum, when I have a continuous stuffy nose that I just can't shake, I take oil of oregano for a few nights. Four drops in a gel capsule with dinner or shortly there after and the congestion is gone in a few days.
Jan. 24th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
Only thing that helped my hubby was surgery -- he can breathe through both nostrils for the first time since he was 3!
Jan. 24th, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
I had a deviated septum and hyperactive turbinates. I had tried everything I could at that point, and my ENT decided surgery was the best route cause it was just so hard to breathe and I never got a restful sleep.

I'm glad I did the surgery. My nose isn't too much of a bother, and can use my neti pot, but I do still suffer from non-allergic rhinitis thanks to my chemical sensitivity. I've run into that "can't get the neti pot solution to come out the other side" problem, and usually that's when I'm badly reacting to something.

Until you can get back on insurance and see an ENT, the only other idea I have besides taking a good look at your environment is look for good anti-inflammatory foods if you haven't already. Bromelain may help. Google has lots of articles on foods that are good anti-inflammatories.

Good luck!
Jan. 24th, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
Getting your nose broken and reset by a surgeon is a comparitively natural thing... obviously it is rather more directed than the usual sort of accidental nosebreaks people have, but healing from a broken nose isn't some strange weird technological disruption to a human's system. People all over the world do it after their nose is broken accidentally, and sometimes don't even know their nose was broken.

But you really do need to see a specialist.
Jan. 24th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
And the fix for a deviated septum is probably not having your nose broken unless the actual problem is that it was broken. Some septa are just deviated from birth, and they might just shave down the cartilage instead, which was what they did to my late hub's nose.
Jan. 25th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
i had a deviated septum fixed without any kind of nose job or altering to my external appearance. its called septoplasty and is NOT the same as rhinoplasty (nose job).

it was the best surgery i ever had. i'd do it again in a heartbeat for all the problems it solved.

they did warn it was possible my nose would look a little different depending on how the surgery went and what they would be required to do once they got in there. but they manged to 'ream' it open without needing to break it. they warned i might come out with two black eyes, but that didnt happen either because they hadnt needed to break it.

i strongly recommend seeing an ear nose and throat specialist about getting your deviated septum fixed. insurance covers it. its only a week or two recovery, same day surgery and then you're back home with instructions to not bend over. the difference in breathing was amazing and instant (as soon as they removed the surgical packing).
Jan. 25th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
have you tried boiling your head? (That's what we call it...putting your face over a pot of steaming hot water and breathing deeply.) In thru the nose, out thru the mouth. Breathe in some essential oils as well, inbetween steamy breaths, to double their effect.
Jan. 25th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
yes,I have tried this many times and for long periods of time. I usually just end up sort of suffocating because I still can't breathe through my nose/loosen congestion no matter what.

Usually because I can't clear any nasal congestion I get the nasal drip into my lungs and spend the next few weeks with severe respiratory problems that only a nebulizer can help.
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