Helpful Tips to Prevent a Deviated Septum

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  • A deviated septum that is developed in the uterus or during birth cannot be prevented
  • Injuries are sometimes inevitable when playing sports, especially when it comes to those that involve physical contact between players. To protect your septum from injury, make sure that you always wear protective equipment, such as a helmet or a midface mask

Nasal septum deviation is more common than you think; around 80 percent of the American population have this hidden condition.1 The protruding nature of the nose makes it susceptible to injuries,  from birth to adulthood, so it's not surprising that many people have a misaligned septum. With the prevalence of this condition, is it possible to prevent a deviated septum?

How to Prevent a Deviated Septum

A deviated septum that is developed in the uterus or during birth cannot be prevented.2 However, if you still have a perfectly straight nose and want to maintain it, you should practice caution to lower the chances of injuring your septum. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:3,4,5

  • Always wear protective gear when playing sports Injuries are sometimes inevitable when playing sports, especially when it comes to those that involve physical contact between players, such as boxing, basketball, football and martial arts. To protect your septum from injury, make sure that you always wear personal protective equipment, like a helmet or a midface mask.
  • Wear a seatbelt or harness when riding a vehicle By keeping you restrained in your seat during a sudden stop or a crash, a properly worn seatbelt lowers your risk of hitting your nose, which may cause the septum to deviate out of its proper location.
  • Avoid physical confrontation A blow to your nose during a fight may displace your nasal septum. Walk away from physical confrontations to avoid injuries.

In addition to the tips mentioned above, you should also wear a helmet if you're going to ride a bike or a motorcycle to prevent any accidental injuries. Wearing shoes with good traction also keeps you from injuring your nose due to a fall.6

How to Keep a Deviated Septum From Worsening

If your nasal septum is already misaligned, the last thing that you'd want is to catch a cold or develop an upper respiratory tract infection that may further obstruct your nasal passages. Here's what you should do to prevent exacerbating the symptoms of a deviated septum:7

  • Reduce your exposure to irritants — Frequent exposure to airborne allergens, such as pollen, molds, dust and harsh chemicals may clog your nose and trigger other allergic reactions, which may exacerbate the symptoms of a deviated septum.8
  • Boost your immune system By obstructing one of the nasal passages and preventing mucus from properly draining out your nose, a deviated septum creates the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive, increasing the risk for an infection.9 One way to fight bacterial infection is by boosting your immune system through a healthy diet and active lifestyle habits.
  • Improve your indoor air quality — Vacuuming regularly can help keep the air in your home free of irritants that may worsen the congestion of your nasal passages. You may also use a humidifier to maintain the moisture of the air you breathe in, preventing the sinuses and enlarged nasal passage from drying out.

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