A deviated septum refers to a condition where the septum, the cartilage that separates the nostrils, is crooked and lies off line. This interferes with normal breathing, and in extreme cases, may cause the blockage of one of the nostrils. In addition, the deviated septum exposes the nose to increased airflow, and this often leads to drying up of the nasal membranes and sometimes frequent nose-bleeding. Other symptoms of a deviated septum include nasal obstruction, facial pain, headaches, postnasal drip and snoring during sleep. Depending on the severity of the condition, a deviated septum may also lead to sleep apnea, a condition where breathing stops momentarily during sleep.

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One may be born with a deviated septum, or it may result from trauma to the nose and face. The treatment of a deviated septum depends on the extent of the crookedness. In many cases, the condition is treated by targeting the symptoms of the condition. In severe cases where the condition causes nasal blockage, surgical intervention is required. This surgical procedure is known as septoplasty, and may sometimes be combined with surgery of the sinuses. This post focuses on home remedies used for the treatment of a deviated septum in order to alleviate the condition’s symptoms and ease the discomfort.


1. Nasal Irrigation:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide, 1 glass of warm water and a nasal syringe.
Difficulty: Easy

 

One of the main symptoms of a deviated septum is nasal blockage that results from the skewed alignment of the nostrils. To deal with this symptom, use nasal irrigation to get rid of the blockage. This involves the dissolution of salt in warm water and irrigating the nose with resulting solution. The salt helps dissolve the mucus and clear the nostrils to eliminate nasal blockage. Warm water soothes the nasal membranes and helps flush away mucus and irritants. Since the salt dries the nasal membranes, it is important not to overuse the remedy to prevent excessive drying. Limit the application of this remedy to once daily.

Directions:

  1. Mix the salt and hydrogen peroxide in the glass of warm water.
  2. Stir the solution for complete dissolution and mixing of the remedy ingredients.
  3. Transfer the remedy to the clean nasal syringe.
  4. Cover one nostril and irrigate the other, holding that position for a couple of minutes.
  5. Repeat the remedy for the other nostril and hold for a couple of minutes.
  6. Use this remedy once daily until you get relief from nasal blockage due to a deviated septum.

 


2. Eucalyptus Oil:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 2 Drops of eucalyptus oil and a clean towel.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Eucalyptus oil is an effective home remedy for the treatment of the symptoms associated with a deviated septum. The oil’s decongestant properties help prevent nasal blockage, which in turn makes breathing a little easier. The oil is also popular for its anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the characteristic facial pain associated with a deviated septum. The combined healing properties make it a befitting choice for the management of this condition. Follow the simple directions below to enjoy the oil’s healing properties.

Directions:

  1. Place a few drops of the eucalyptus essential oil on the clean towel of handkerchief.
  2. Fold the cloth inwards and hold it close to your nose.
  3. Inhale the oil’s aroma as deeply as you can and hold for 2 seconds before exhaling.
  4. Repeat step 3 severally everyday until -you get relief.
  5. The best time to use the remedy is in the early morning as well as just before bedtime for a good night’s sleep.

 


3. Steam Therapy:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of carom seeds, pestle and mortar, hot boiling water in a basin and peppermint essential oil (optional).
Difficulty: Moderate

 

Steam therapy is one of the best ways to relieve the symptoms of a deviated septum. It is particularly effective in getting rid of nasal congestion and works as a gentle expectorant. In clearing the congestion, steam therapy also moisturizes the nasal passages and this provides much-needed relief from nasal congestion. Add peppermint oil for its excellent decongestant properties to improve the remedy’s efficiency. Note that owing to the risk of scalding with the boiling hot water, this remedy’s difficulty is categorized as moderate, and is not intended for small babies, expectant women, those suffering from diseases affecting the Central Nervous System (CNS) as well as the elderly.

Directions:

  1. Place the carom seeds in the mortar and grind using the pestle until you have a coarse powder from the seeds.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of the crushed seeds to the boiling water and allow to steep for a few minutes.
  3. Place a few drops of the peppermint essential oil to the mixture.
  4. Lean forward and tilt your head downwards about an arm’s length from the bowl.
  5. Cover your head with a towel to trap the steam and allow you to inhale the steam.
  6. Take deep breaths at a go and exhale gently so that the carom seeds, steam and peppermint oil can relieve the nasal congestion.
  7. Do this until the water cools down.
  8. Repeat the procedure thrice daily to get relief from a deviated septum.

 


4. Cayenne Pepper:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1 Teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 glass of hot water and honey (optional).
Difficulty: Easy

 

Cayenne pepper is best known for its fiery hot taste, and out of these traits come the pepper’s healing powers in the management of deviated septum symptoms. When prepared as a drink or added to food, the cayenne pepper’s hot taste helps to decongest the nasal passages, which also goes a long way in reducing inflammation. Other benefits of using cayenne pepper is that it boosts the body’s immune response and helps improve blood circulation.

Directions:

  1. Place 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a cup of hot water and stir.
  2. Take this mixture at least twice daily.
  3. Alternatively, add the cayenne pepper powder to your meals at least twice daily to help you counter the effects of a deviated symptom.

 


5. Raw Ginger:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Piece of raw ginger, 1 cup of water, 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of honey.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Raw ginger is used for the treatment of a deviated septum because its healing properties are relevant for some of the condition’s symptoms. These symptoms include headaches, nasal congestion and difficult breathing. Ginger has excellent anti-inflammatory properties that help deal with the headache, while the presence of polyphenols in the herb go a long way in reducing mucus production in the nose.

The act of decongesting the nasal passages eases breathing and overall provides relief from a deviated septum. It is also important to add that the active ingredients present in ginger hep maintain the normal activity of the cilia in the nose. Cilia play a key role in the nose because they filter out allergens and prevent the condition’s symptoms from becoming worse. Lemon juice is added because it is high in Vitamin C which speeds up the healing process.

Directions:

  1. Chop about an inch of the raw ginger into very thin slices. This is done to increase the herb’s surface area for the release of the active ingredients.
  2. Transfer the ginger slices to a pan and pour in 1 cup of water.
  3. Boil the water for 10 minutes and turn off to allow the herb to steep.
  4. Pass the water through the strainer and add the lemon juice.
  5. Stir in the honey and drink the mixture.
  6. Take this remedy thrice daily until you start to feel better.

 


6. Peppermint Herbal Tea:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Peppermint tea bag, 1 cup of hot water and honey for a natural sweetener.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Hot herbal teas such as peppermint tea work to unclog the nasal passages, and as a result, are recommended for the natural treatment of symptoms linked to a deviated septum. Another benefit of using herbal teas is that they help flush toxins from the body. Note that for all herbal teas, milk is not used. Instead, honey is added as a natural sweetener whose healing benefits contribute to the remedy’s benefits.

Directions:

  1. Steep the herbal teabag in a cup containing hot water for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the honey and drink at least twice daily until the congestion clears and breathing is made easier.

 


7. Cold Compress:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: A handful of ice cubes and clean towel.
Difficulty: Easy

 

A deviated septum has a wide range of symptoms, among them, frequent nose-bleeding. One of the easiest ways to deal with nose-bleeding is to use a cold compress to stop the bleeding. The low temperatures aid in the constriction of the blood vessels so that the flow of blood is restricted and clotting occurs to seal the nasal vessels. Use this remedy to stop the nose-bleeding in a short while. If the nose-bleeding is accompanied by a headache, the cold compress helps reduce the pain and dull ache providing relief from the symptoms of the deviated septum.

Directions:

  1. Place the ice cubes on the towel and tie to get a handy wrap for easy application.
  2. Sit upright and tilt your head backwards.
  3. Place the ice wrap on the nose for 5 minutes or so.
  4. Use this remedy as often as is required to stop nose-bleeding and treat the headaches.

NOTE: Direct application of ice is discouraged because it causes skin damage.


8. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1/2 Cup of apple cider vinegar and cotton wool.
Difficulty: Easy

 

The treatment of a deviated septum, for the most part, revolves around the use of remedies to manage the symptoms of the condition. Nose-bleeding is one of the common symptoms for people who have a deviated septum. This is where apple cider vinegar comes in handy. It not only prevents excess loss of blood, it also helps seal off the broken blood vessels. This remedy is both simple and effective to use.

Directions:

  1. Soak the cotton wool in the apple cider vinegar and squeeze the excess.
  2. Place the wet cotton wool in one nostril at a time and leave it in place for 15 minutes.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the other nostril.
  4. Never place the wet wool in both nostrils at the same time because of the risk of suffocation.
  5. Use this remedy as often as you need to.

 


9. Increase Vitamin C and Lower Dairy Intake:

Time Required: Varies depending on your preferred choices
What You Need: More foods rich in Vitamin C and less of dairy
Difficulty: Easy

 

The essence of increasing your Vitamin C intake is to make sure that you strengthen your body’s immune system and make it less susceptible to respiratory infections that easily complicate the symptoms associated with a deviated septum. the decrease in dairy and dairy product intake is recommended to reduce mucus secretion which, if left unchecked, causes nasal congestion. these changes may take time to effect, but ultimately are intended for your good.

What food options to look out for

  1. Excellent sources of Vitamin C include cabbages, citrus fruits such as oranges, limes and lemons, strawberries as well as broccoli.
  2. Reduce dairy intake of products including, but not limited to milk, milk products, cheese and butter among others.

 


Other ways in which you can manage a deviated septum include an increase in Magnesium and calcium, onions that help reduce nose-bleeding, garlic to reduce nasal congestion as well as lavender oil. If there is no improvement, consider booking a doctor’s appointment to map the way forward and look at the possibility of medical intervention for a deviated septum. This is especially important if you get sleep apnea as a result of the deviated septum. Your doctor will then provide a treatment plan which may include surgery depending on the extent of the septum’s mis-alignment.