I've been to four ENT's and most just prescribe me medication and spend 5 minutes talking to me and leave. I've tried nasal sprays, pills, patches and no luck. My latest ENT doctor told me I had a deviated septum and despite me telling him I've tried nasal sprays he still prescribed me some! (Dymesta) Big surprise, it lasted a couple of minutes and I was back to square one again. Is there a surgical procedure for this? I feel this is the only solution for me at this point
I remember adolescents getting nose jobs for their deviated septums. I am surprised that all the doctors did not mention the deviated septum. Have you explored the realm of allergies?
I had been, most of my life, getting head colds in which I could not breathe. My nose also got stuffy frequently. I took antihistamines and decongestants and whatever I could. I thought it was just a genetic anomaly, as my father had the same problem.
Dr. Oz, whom I do not watch regularly, recommended a neti pot. I bought one (sold in drug stores and my local supermarket). There is probably a utube on using it. I am amazed at how well this works. I actually get fewer colds. I used this thing daily for a month and it seems to have cleared out a lingering condition because I hardly have to use it any longer. I am not kidding. This thing changed my life.
The only caveat is that you should make sure your water has been pre boiled as a woman seems to have caught a brain ameba through the water system by using this thing. I just boil extra water in the teapot when I make tea and it's cool enough (I even use it at room temp) by the time I use it.
To answer your question: yes, adults can receive surgery for a deviated septum. All surgeries have recovery time and the potential for complications, and this one does not resolve symptoms 100% of the time. Thus, good doctors will want to be sure you've made good, solid tries on everything else first.
To explore surgery as an option, the following will help:
- Make a list of everything you've tried (especially past medications, but also past home remedies), and for how many days you tried them.
- When scheduling with an ENT, ask their nurse if the physician performs surgery for deviated septum