Does a deviated septum cause headaches?

Many patients who seek nose surgery or rhinoplasty state they have been told they have a deviated septum. Some of these patients may also state they suffer from chronic headaches or what they believe to be migraines.

In some cases, a deviated septum may include a spur or sharp point that can impinge on the lateral wall of the inside of the nose or on the turbinate. Think of it as a bunion inside the nose that is pushing on other structures. This can lead to a certain type of headache called a Sluders headache.

Deviated septum surgery or septoplasty involves removing this spur and straightening the headache therefore releasing the pressure point and alleviating many of these headaches.

Dr. Funk is a nose surgery expert in Houston, TX.

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