Broken nose, also known as nasal fracture, is a crack or a break in the bone or cartilage of the nose. A sudden impact to the nose causes a crack that typically occurs over the bridge of the nose or the septum. Symptoms of a broken nose are:
• Pain around the nose
• Bent or crooked nose
• Swollen nose
• Bleeding nose
• Stuffy nose
• Bruising around the nose and eyes
• Rubbing or grating feeling when you run the nose
HOW IS BROKEN NOSE DIAGNOSED?
ENT surgeon will do a thorough examination of the internal and external aspects of the nose as well as the injuries using special instruments and will diagnose the severity of the condition, which the treatments would depend on.
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?
You must sleep with your head elevated to treat the pain of a broken nose.