Also called a nasal fracture or nose fracture, broken nose is a break or crack in the bone or cartilage of your nose. These breaks typically occur over the bridge of the nose or in the septum which is the area that divides your nostrils. A sudden impact to the nose is the most common cause of a break. Broken noses often occur with other facial or neck injuries. Common causes of broken noses include: walking into a wall, falling down, getting hit in the nose during a contact sport, motor vehicle accidents, getting punched or kicked in the nose. The symptoms include:
1. Bleeding heavily in the nose
2. Clear fluid draining from the nose
3. Difficulty breathing
4. Nose looks crooked or misshapen
HOW IS BROKEN NOSE DIAGNOSED?
The ENT or ear throat nose specialist can diagnose the issue with the help of an X ray and a physical examination with a special instrument. In severe cases, a CT Scan may also be conducted. The doctor may also check for signs like bleeding and inflammation or redness of the area. Difficulty in breathing and tenderness to touch may also be examined.
HOW IS BROKEN NOSE TREATED?
An ice compress can help in reliving the pain of a broken nose, while pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen can also be prescribed along with nasal decongestants. Severe cases may require surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
If a head injury or neck injury is suspected, movement should be avoided in order to prevent further damage to the nose.