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Can a deviated septum be prevented?

It is difficult to prevent a deviated septum because they are often the result of an accidental injury. If you want to lower your chances of getting one you can start by avoiding contact sports. Any physical activity that puts you at risk of injuring your nose increases your risk for a deviated septum. With that being said you could just as easily get one from tripping and falling on your face or walking into a door. Aside from an injury, the only other way to get a deviated septum is to be born with one.

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