A deviated septum refers to when the septum–the wall of cartilage and bone between your nostrils–is more to one side than the other. This can be slight and imperceptible from outside the nose, or there may be a visible difference in the septum. Most people with a deviated septum are born with it, while others may acquire it due to an injury. Some may seek surgery to correct it or issues that arise from it. Others may face no major issues and choose to live with it. But, does a deviated septum get worse over time?

While the nose may appear to go through fewer changes with age as opposed to other areas like the neck, jawline, and cheeks, there are still some changes in your nasal structure with age. These changes can include the weakening of nasal structures, increased skin laxity, and the enlargement of the glands in the nose. Generally, this can cause a larger, droopier looking nose. While not all patients will experience these exact changes, these include some of the common changes.

If you have a deviated septum, the increased droopiness and larger glands can worsen a deviated septum. If you did not have symptoms before, this can lead to breathing problems, sinus issues, and snoring. It may also worsen other conditions such as allergies, asthma, and sleep apnea. Correcting a deviated septum can usually alleviate, or prevent these problems. 

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