A nose fracture is a break in the bone or cartilage over the bridge, or in the sidewall or septum (structure that divides the nostrils) of the nose.
Fracture of the nose; Broken nose; Nasal fracture
A fractured nose is the most common
Sometimes a blunt injury can cause the wall dividing the nostrils (septum) to separate.
Nose injuries and neck injuries are often seen together because a blow that is forceful enough to injure the nose may be hard enough to injure the neck.
Serious nose injuries cause problems that need a health care provider’s attention right away. For example, damage to the cartilage can cause a collection of blood to form inside the nose. If this blood is not drained right away, it can cause an
For minor nose injuries, the health care provider may want to see the patient within the first week after the injury to see if the nose has moved out of its normal shape.
Occasionally, surgery may be needed to correct a nose or septum that has been bent out of shape by an injury.
Blood coming from the nose
Bruisingaround the eyes
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Misshapen appearance (may not be obvious until the swelling goes down)
The bruised appearance usually disappears after 2 weeks.
- Try to stay calm.
- Breathe through your mouth and lean forward in a sitting position to keep blood from going down the back of your throat.
- Apply cold compresses to your nose to reduce swelling. If possible, hold the compress so that there isn’t too much pressure on the nose.
- To help relieve pain, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is recommended.
- Do NOT try to straighten a broken nose.
- Do NOT move the person if there is reason to suspect a head or
Call immediately for emergency medical assistance if
Get medical help right away if:
- Bleeding will not stop
- Clear fluid keeps draining from the nose
- You suspect a
blood clotin the septum
- You suspect a neck or
- The nose looks deformed or out of its usual shape
- The person is having
Wear protective headgear while playing contact sports, riding bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, or rollerblades.
Use seat belts and appropriate car seats when driving.