You can break your nose during play, sports, accidents, fights, and falls. But it may be hard to tell if your nose is broken. Swelling can make your nose look crooked even if it is not broken. When the swelling goes down after a few days, it is easier to tell if your nose is really crooked and possibly broken.
A broken nose, also called a nasal fracture, is a break or split in a bone in your nose — usually the bone over the bridge of your nasal area.
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Common reasons for a busted nose include contact athletics, physical fights, falls and motor vehicle accidents that bring about facial trauma. A broken nose can cause pain, along with lump and bruising around your nose and under your eyes. Your nose may look crooked, and you may have trouble deep breathing.
Treatment for a damaged nose may include methods that realign your nose area. Surgery usually isn’t essential for a broken nostril.
Although a broken nasal area feels and looks unpleasant, in most cases the injuries will heal automatically. A broken nose can be cared for at home rather than seeking medical assistance as long as the skin and wall membrane between the nostrils (septum) are intact. Always seek medical health advice if you are concerned about an accident.
First Aid treatment for Broken Nose
Hold a glaciers pack or frozen fresh vegetables wrapped in a towel to the nose for 15-20 minutes every hour or so for the initial few days after the injury
- Take otc painkillers.
- For nosebleeds, keep the head forward
- Maintain the head propped up in bed to help reduce swelling.
- Use a nose decongestant if breathing mega bucks is difficult.
- While the nostril is still swollen, avoid wearing glasses
- If the nose is deformed, avoid try to straighten it without medical attention.
When to see your doctor
- The pain from a broken nose is not helped by non-prescription pain relievers or if the pain becomes worse
- After a couple of days the swelling hasn’t recently been down
- Nose breathing just isn’t possible after swelling moves down
- The nose is deformed or crooked
- Now there are persistent nosebleeds
- Fever is experienced