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.
This usually takes place between 7-10 days after the injury.
If you've suffered an injury to your nose, please contact our office and schedule an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists.