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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.)
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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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