About Nasal Bone Fractures
Treatment for a Broken NoseWhen it comes to your face, your nose is particularly susceptible to injury. Not only does it have a tough job regulating the air and germs that get through to your lungs, but it is more likely than any other bone in your body to be fractured or broken. In fact, nasal bone fractures account for about 40 percent of all bone injuries. These injuries can result in pain and swelling, disfigurement, and in some cases, serious complications that prevent proper breathing.
Causes of a Broken NoseLike many broken bones, the causes of a broken nose can vary significantly. It may be a result of injury from sports or recreation, such as riding a bike or getting tackled in a game. Nasal bone fracture can also occur as the result of trauma from an accident, especially a car accident where you are not wearing a seatbelt or an off-road vehicle accident where you are not wearing proper protective gear. Another common cause of broken noses are physical altercations, or fights. You can also break your nose simply by walking into a fixed object, like a door or wall, falling or having something fall on you, or playing with your friends.
You are at the highest risk of suffering from a broken nose when you participate in activities that could result in facial injury, including:
- Contact sports, especially without a helmet
- Fights and physical altercations
- Riding your bike or motorcycle
- Driving or riding in any vehicle without a seatbelt or protective gear
The Symptoms of Nasal FractureThe most obvious sign of nasal fracture is a deformation in the nasal bone, although you may not always be able to tell immediately that the bone is out of place. Other symptoms of a broken nose can include pain and sensitivity to the touch, swelling in the nose and/or the area around the nose, bloody nose, bruising in the area around the nose or eyes, and difficulty breathing. For less severe fractures, these symptoms may not always be present right after the injury, and could take a couple of days to develop.
Some more severe symptoms require immediate medical attention, including:
- A nose injury accompanied by a head or neck injury
- Vomiting, headache, or loss of consciousness
- Nose bleeding that does not stop
- Clear fluids draining from the nose
- Noticeably crooked or twisted nose bones
Your Treatment OptionsTreatment begins by diagnosing your nasal bone fracture. If the trauma was the result of something that could have impacted other areas of your body, such as a motor vehicle accident, the doctor will likely check not just your nose but also your head and neck, and the areas surrounding your nose. These ENT procedures ensure that there is not any additional trauma or damage that requires attention.
The extent of the fracture determines the method of treatment in most cases. If the fracture is minimal, and there is little or no visible deformity of the nose, doctors may recommend that you use home treatment, such as ice and pain medication until the nose heals.
If there is visible deformity or other underlying conditions that require treatment, you can get nasal surgery to correct it. If the fracture was recent, a non-surgical procedure called closed reduction may be used to realign the bones; however in cases where the damage is significant, there are several areas broken, or it has been more than two weeks since it broke, surgery is usually required to reshape the nose.
Call for a Free EvaluationIf you suffered a broken nose, come to miVIP Surgery Centers to find out what your treatment options are. Call 855-496-4847 today to speak with our patient advocates and learn more about what we offer.
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