Did I Break My Nose? The Signs and Symptoms of a Broken Nose

Did I Break My Nose? The Signs and Symptoms of a Broken Nose

Symptoms of a Broken Nose
While sustaining a broken nose is usually not life-threatening, the pain can be excruciating due to the symptoms of a broken nose. Besides experiencing pain, you run the risk of facial disfigurement, and it can make breathing difficult. While in the past facial trauma often left a person disfigured, courtesy of the advancements made in medicine, this is a thing of the past. Unfortunately, for athletes, nasal bones can frequently be fractured due to the nose’s prominence and location. So much so, a broken nose takes third place behind the wrists and collarbone and are considered to be the most common facial fracture. However, everyone is susceptible to experiencing a broken nose: children, adults as well as the elderly. Besides sports, a broken nose can also occur from fighting, car accidents, and even falls.

It may not always be clear if your nose is broken, even a mild injury can make your nose swell up significantly within a few hours after impact. To help you determine if your nose is broken or not, learn more about the common signs and symptoms of a broken nose.

• Mucus discharge
• Bleeding
• Pain/sensitivity
• Change in the shape of the nose
• Nose is bruised, swollen and tender
• Discoloration (bruise-like) underneath the eyes
• A crackling or crunching sound when touching the nose
• Deviated septum
• Difficulty breathing
• Severe headaches
• Blocked nasal passages

If you suspect that you have a broken nose, use the following steps as a treatment guide:

1. Have the patient hold a cold compress to their nose to help reduce swelling.
2. NEVER try to straighten a broken nose. You could make the problem worse, so leave that up to the professionals.
3. If you have sustained a nasal injury, be sure to get it evaluated immediately by a medical professional. There might be other complications (such as a septal hematoma), so don’t wait.

Don’t be sidelined by a nasal injury, give us a call so you can get the assistance you need.

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