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Nose Injury

Nose and facial injuries are common and there are many causes for them, including falls, sports and recreational activities, and accidents. Most injuries will result in bruising, swelling and pain--even if the nose isn’t broken. To treat a facial injury, apply ice and take over-the-counter pain medication to reduce pain and swelling. However, if you have a long-lasting nosebleed, a broken nose, punctured skin on the nose, or if the bridge of your nose collapses, seek medical attention.

If after the injury you are having difficulty breathing, the size/shape of your nose changes, or there is ongoing drainage, call our office right away.

If the bone of your nose remains in place, you can treat it as a simple nose fracture with pain medications, nasal decongestants, and possibly a nose splint. Once the swelling goes down, a broken nose will need to be set; this usually takes place two-to-three days after the injury. Antibiotics may also be prescribed for a broken nose to prevent infection.

If you've suffered an injury to your nose, please contact our office and schedule an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists.