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Old 08-23-2005, 06:48 AM   #1
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Deviated Septum - cannot breathe out of my nose!

Over the last several years, I have noticed that at any given time, I am unable to breathe out of nose.

Sometimes I cannot breathe out my right nostril, while other times it is my left side.

(There is never a time that I can breathe out of my nose 100%)

Just over the past week - I have been unable to breathe out of my nose at all! I am constantly having to breathe out of my mouth, and I am feeling very short of breathe most of the time.

I did some reasearch - and I believe that I may have a deviated septum.

If you have a deviated septum - is it common to not be able to breathe out of your nose at all?

I am not sick; (no cold, or anything).

Are there treatments for this besides surgery?

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Old 08-23-2005, 03:04 PM   #2
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Re: Deviated Septum - cannot breathe out of my nose!

You need to go to a nose specialist. If it is a deviated septum, surgery is the only way. I had it done and it's no big deal. It made a world of difference. Has you nose ever been broken?

Old 08-23-2005, 08:41 PM   #3
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Re: Deviated Septum - cannot breathe out of my nose!

If you have problems breathing at night, put a breath right strip on yer nose.....during the day, keep your nose lubed up with saline spray....also a small, and i mean small dab of vicks vapor rub on the tip of a Q-tip placed up the nostril will deliver the Vicks up there(and yes, remove the Q-tip!) and help open up the area and make you feel like you are breathing easier...these are tricks I learned over the years becauae I am too chicken to have my devaited septum friend had hers fixed and well, while her nose looks better, her voice changed and her breathing actually got worse...

Old 08-24-2005, 06:22 AM   #4
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Re: Deviated Septum - cannot breathe out of my nose!

Wow - thanks for the replies - they are appreciated.

I cannot remember ever having my nose broken, but I remember having this breathing problem with my nose when I was younger. (Age 12 or so). I am now 23.

Over the last few years, it has really gotten worse though.

If I were to need surgery for this - will the appearance of my nose change any???

This is a big issue for me - as I really like the shape and look of my nose.

Old 08-24-2005, 03:59 PM   #5
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Re: Deviated Septum - cannot breathe out of my nose!

The appearance of your nose probably won't change if you do not have a bump on the bridge of it, but it could possibly change ever so slighly depending on the severity of the deviated septum...if it is enough that it closed the upper part of the nostril (septum touching outter wall of one side of nose or both septums touching outter walls of the nose) you may wind up with a slight change, but talk to a surgeon and let them know that you don't want any changes to the shape of your nose and that way he/she will go gently on you! Sometimes they get carried away and throw in a little bonus for the patient by sculpting the nose a bit.

You may not have a devoiated septum, just swollen sinuses or swollen membrane inside the nose itself from an allegry or overgrowth.

Old 09-12-2005, 01:33 PM   #6
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Re: Deviated Septum - cannot breathe out of my nose!

I am in the same boat as you. It has been a while since I have checked these boards out, and I have made several posts about my problem. I would love to go see a doctor, but because of the problem I have, and the lack of them doing anything about it, I just do not trust doctors.

I started noticing my breathing problem when I was in the 7th grade, and I'm a freshman in college now. I never had my nose broken, but there may have been a time when I was hit in the nose by a basketball (not too severe, but severe enough) and that may have caused it. I started experiencing difficulty breathing through my nose after a really bad nose bleed (this thing probably needed a good 20 minutes to stop bleeding, and the bleeding was pretty bad). This was not immediatly after the incident I think that caused it (do not remember for sure, but it does make sense). I also have large tonsils, which I think may or may not make for difficulty breathing through the mouth as well. You can check out "threads" or whatever you prefer to call them started by me relating to this problem, but I too experience the problem on one side of the nose, and then another at another time. Just early in 2005 (had it since about 2000) did any Dr. take a scope and look in there, but still did not find anything.

It has been a long frustrating road, but I think I am going to look into getting something done this school year (I was too chicken to do it over summer break) as college breaks are usually a bit longer...I think...heh

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