Turbinates & Septums

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A few weeks ago I went to the doctor because I was feeling a little under-the-weather and had a fairly bad headache. I don’t very much enjoy going to the doctor. They never really take you at your appointment time (even though they ask that you arrive early). Waiting rooms suck and everything smells of clorox and disinfectant. Turns out this routine visit for what I thought was a bad cold would reveal something I have been unaware of for 30 years…

I’ll admit it. That last sentence was kind of click-baity. But I couldn’t help it! No need to worry, nothing serious or sinister going on. I did however find out that I was apparently born with a deviated nasal septum (the bone/cartilage that divides your two nostrils). More specifically, my nasal septum veers fairly sharply toward the left, rather than going straight back as it does in most folks. Luckily, I seem to be largely unaffected by it except for some nuisance symptoms like frequent stuffy nose. Apparently the deviation in my nasal septum causes the turbinates (spongy curled bones in the nasal passages) to press up against the setpum itself. In short, this causes my seemingly chronic stuffy nose symptoms when I wake up in the mornings. Up until now I thought it was just mild allergies but never really knew for sure. Well… mystery solved I guess.

Funny how it took 30 years for a doctor to notice something that I was apparently born with (only logical conclusion as I have never broken my nose or injured my nose).

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