What are the symptoms of a broken nose?

Symptoms of a broken nose include a bloody nose, pain in your nose, bruising in and around the nose, a crooked shape to your nose, and the swelling of your nose and the area around your nose.

More serious symptoms of a severe break can include leakage of cerebrospinal fluid if the fracture is extended into the ethmoid bone of the face. If the cartilage in the septum of the nose is damaged, the formation of a blood clot that could lead to further damage if not treated promptly.

Because some sort of trauma usually causes a broken nose, broken noses are often associated with midface, neck or head injuries, which can be very serious and require immediate medical care.

Common symptoms of a broken nose

You may experience some broken nose symptoms immediately after it is injured; some symptoms may begin to appear a day or two later. While they can seem severe, any of these broken nose symptoms are common:

  • Bloody nose
  • Bruising
  • Crooked nose or change in the shape of your nose
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Headache
  • Pain in your nose
  • Swelling

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, a broken nose can be life threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms:

  • Abnormal pupil size or pupils that do not react to light changes
  • Clear fluid steadily draining from your nose
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment
  • Decreased vision
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty with memory, thinking, talking, comprehension, writing or reading
  • Double vision (orbital fracture with entrapment)
  • Heavy bleeding that will not stop
INTRODUCTION

What is a broken nose?

A broken nose is a fracture in the bone or cartilage of any part of the nose. A broken nose is usually the result of some type of trauma or blow to the face. A broken nose sometimes occurs together with other injuries to the face or neck. For this reason, individuals who sustain a broken nose need to be careful evaluation by a qualified health professional.... Read more about broken noseintroduction

CAUSES

What causes a broken nose?

A broken nose is almost always caused by some sort of impact to the face. Although your nose is flexible, a strong enough impact can tear the cartilage in your nose or fracture the bones in or around your nose. A football or basketball that hits you in the face with enough force can very easily break your nose. A broken nose can also result from a car accident or any other situation in which so... Read more about broken nosecauses

TREATMENTS

How is a broken nose treated?

A broken nose can be treated in several different ways depending on the location and severity of the break. Pain relievers are a part of almost all treatment plans, as pain occurs with almost all broken noses. Icing your broken nose and the surrounding area is also an important part of immediate treatment.

If the shape of your nose has been affected, surgery may be required to cor... Read more about broken nosetreatments

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 23, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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