Broken nose Symptoms and What To Do
A broken nose is a fracture or fracture of the nasal bone (it can also involve the cartilage of the nose) due to trauma or injury. Symptoms of a broken nose can be immediately noticeable or they could take a few days to manifest. This brief overview will explain how to recognize that your nose is broken and if it is.
Symptoms broken nose
When you take a direct hit on the nose, you may notice symptoms that indicate a broken nose, including:
Pain that increases when the nose is affected
Swelling and redness that usually changes with bruises on his nose and possibly eyes (black eye)
The nose may appear crooked
Breathe through the nose can be difficult
A feeling that your nasal passages are blocked
If you suspect that your nose is broken, then you should consult your doctor, especially if you experienced a brain trauma or neck with associated headaches, neck pain, vomiting or loss of consciousness. Other reasons to consult your doctor include difficulty breathing, bleeding that does not stop or if you notice that your nose is crooked or deformed.
Your doctor will confirm the diagnosis by noting the signs and symptoms mentioned above and you ask about a history of trauma. The physician’s assessment may include a physical examination. Other tests such as X-ray or a CT (computerized tomography) scan may be used if other injuries are suspected.
Immediate treatment should include ice packs or ice on the nose to reduce swelling and bleeding. If the bleeding does not slow down or stop, you should be taken to an emergency room. Over-the-counter medicines that contain acetaminophen can be taken to relieve pain (avoid aspirin and ibuprofen may increase or prolong bleeding).
Mild fractures will heal without distortion within 4-6 weeks. Major fractures may require surgery to realign the nose and restore normal breathing.