A nose injury is usually caused by direct hit to the nose causing a:
A nose injury is often caused by a motor vehicle accident, being hit, or from playing sports.
Symptoms may include:
Your healthcare provider will examine your nose. He or she will look for swelling, tenderness, bleeding, and movement of bones. Your provider will look in your nostrils to see if the septum is swollen or bent to the side (deviated).
You may have:
If your nose is bleeding:
If the bleeding doesn't stop with pressure, your healthcare provider may need to put gauze packing in your nose to stop the bleeding.
After the nosebleed stops, try not to blow your nose for several hours because the bleeding may start again. Avoid taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medicines because they may make bleeding worse. Take acetaminophen instead.
Many broken noses heal normally with no special treatment. If you have broken your nose and it is crooked:
If the septum has become deviated and you have trouble breathing, you may need to have surgery in the future.
The pain from a contusion will be gone within a few days to a few weeks. The pain from a broken nose may take several weeks to go away.
Nose injuries are usually caused by an accident that cannot be prevented. If you play a sport for which preventive face gear is available, such as hockey or lacrosse, make sure you wear the shield.