Deviated Nasal Septum and Nasopharyngeal Problems
Q: Sir, I have been having sinusitis problem since long time due to deviated nasal septum. Twice, the right sided maxillary sinus filled with fluid. The doctor broke and removed the liquid. I have observed a small hard bump behind my throat. So I was not able to swallow easily. When large mucus gets discharged from nose, the bump disappears. Then I can eat easily. Is there any relation between the sinus problem and the bump? Is there any relation between the bump and swallowing problem? How can I get cured? Can I remove the deviated nasal septum? Will that give permanent solution?
Yes, the bump in the throat and your sinus problem may be related.
Bump in Throat
There are many lymphoid tissues in our throat. When there is any infective process in the ENT region, which includes the sinuses, there are pretty good chances that the lymphoid tissues of the throat may react and get enlarged.
This swelled up lymph gland may have produced the bump. As the infection subsided, the bump also disappeared.
Enlarged lymph glands are capable of giving you the swallowing problem. They seem to be related.
Treating the Deviated Nasal Septum (DNS)
The nasal septum is basically a partition between the two nostrils, right and left. When it is deviated, one side is narrowed and the other is broadened.
On the narrow side, there in improper drainage from the sinuses. This makes them prone to infections.
On the broad side, the airflow in more than normal. This causes dryness and may lead to nose bleeds.
Treatment of this condition depends entirely on the severity of deviation of this nasal septum.
You need to visit an ENT specialist. Let him examine you and decide the appropriate treatment.
In cases where the deviation is mild and the patient does not have much problem, surgery is not done.
However, if the deviation is more and the patient has frequent infections, surgery would be better. After surgery, you would not be facing frequent infections and other problems. It is likely to be a permanent cure.