Living with septal perforation

Is it possible to live with a septal perforation? That depends on the size and location of the perforation. Perforations toward the front of the nose (anterior) are more likely to be symptomatic. Posterior perforations (back of nose) tend to be silent and asymptomatic. Anterior perforations can cause a host of symptoms that can be troublesome.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Whistling
  • Bleeding
  • Crusting

When septal perforations aren’t fixed, we worry about symptoms becoming more difficult to control. Nose bleeds, in particular. We also worry about the septal perforations becoming larger. This will affect how the nose will look, not just how it works. If you are worried about your perforation, come in! We can evaluate your perforation and recommend medical and/or surgical treatments tailored just for your perforation.

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