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16 May 2007

Ask Mecha: Do I have a deviated septum too? Like Wendell, only one of my nostrils works at a time. Also I snore. Plus I have this squeaky nose. Previously I assumed everyone could do it, but everyone says no. They can't. So now I'm wondering... Could it be that I am not (as I suspected) a freak, but instead I have a deviated septum?
So how does that work? One nostril only works for inhale and one only works for exhale? Or can you switch between them at will?

I don't really have any answers. Just a bunch of questions. And it really cracks me up that you recorded your nose squeak.
posted by mudpuppie 16 May | 18:26
One works for both inhale and exhale. Randomly the working nostril will swap. It's perplexing.
posted by seanyboy 16 May | 18:27
Well, like me, you might ALSO be a freak. And your brief explanation above describes my nose exactly.

As a child, I always felt 'stuffed up' and was frequently told to stop breathing out of my mouth (yep, mouthbreather me). I didn't get a real serious look from an Ear Nose & Throat specialist until after I was 30 (and I had the best medical insurance of my life). The x-ray of my head was, in his words "freaky" (and he was talking about the sinuses, not my brain) and he was surprised I breathed as well as I did. Any surgery would have been more major than the improvement it would've brought, so I elected NOT to have it. Two decades later, I'm still breathing a little funny but still breathing.

And how do I smell? Awful.
posted by wendell 16 May | 18:29
That would drive me bonkers. I've only had one working nostril for the better part of two days thanks to my allergies, and I can't stand it.

But no, no answers from me, either. Deviated septums are a good excuse to get a nosejob that's covered by insurance, though. Not that you need a nosejob. But if I had a deviated septum, I'd be all over that.
posted by amro 16 May | 18:31
I am positive that the BF has a deviated septum too. He always feels 'stuffed up' and blows his nose, but nothing comes out. He went to the doctor about it when he was a kid, but doesn't remember what they told him. I'd like for him to go get it checked out, but he would rather not breathe and blow his nose 50 times a day than go to the doctor. Psh...
posted by youngergirl44 16 May | 18:51
Same problem here (excluding the squeaky thing). Never thought about surgery anyway: never felt like it was a real problem. Should I care?
posted by darkripper 16 May | 20:23
That's pretty much my deal too, though the squeaky nose isn't quite so obvious. I've always had it attributed to allergies. But I get by just fine.
posted by kyleg 16 May | 20:35
Let's start a club. Ruggedly Handsome Nerdmen with Squeaky Noses.
posted by Eideteker 16 May | 21:02
I only have one nostril that really works at all. The other one barely functions. I got it from my mom. It's funny, I used to be really self-conscious about it but I don't really care now. I think it's part of the reason my voice is so nasally, and I've never had medical insurance so I can't really do anything about it.
posted by puke & cry 16 May | 21:32
The other one barely functions. I got it from my mom.
So, what does she use now?
posted by dg 16 May | 22:33
My nose works fine, but I can crack/pop the cartilage (I think that's what it is) in it by pushing it side to side.
posted by deborah 16 May | 22:53
Wow. Just Wow.
I feel almost normal now.
Thanks everyone.
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