The nose, prominently positioned and often exposed, is at a higher risk of injury. At ENT, Sinus & Hearing Care Center, we frequently see and address these injuries, ensuring that your nose gets back to its best state. Dive in to understand more about nasal fractures and how our expert team can provide the necessary care.
Defining Nasal Fractures
A nasal fracture, simply put, is a break or crack in the bone or cartilage of your nose. The most common locations for these fractures are above the bridge or within the septum—the partition separating the two nostrils. Causes can range from sports injuries to accidental falls or even physical altercations.
How do you know if you’ve sustained a nasal fracture? Here are some signs to watch out for:
- Severe pain or a misshapen appearance
- Noticeable swelling around the nose
- Heavy bleeding
- Obstruction in nasal passages
- Bruising, especially under the eyes
- Unusual sounds when attempting to move the nose
- Clear fluid discharge from the nose
- Difficulty in breathing through the nose
It’s crucial not to self-diagnose or attempt to realign your nose if you suspect a fracture. Our renowned otolaryngologist, Dr. Daniel S. Samadi, will conduct a comprehensive examination of your nose and facial area. We may also employ anesthetics to manage pain during the diagnosis. As swelling often masks the severity of a fracture, a follow-up examination might be suggested after a few days. For complex fractures or if other facial injuries are suspected, we might recommend an X-ray.
Proper treatment is crucial for nasal fractures to ensure no long-term complications arise. While some immediate care can be given at home, professional medical attention is indispensable. Here’s what you can do immediately after an injury:
- Breathe through the mouth to prevent blood ingestion.
- Elevate the head once the bleeding has ceased to mitigate pain.
- Apply cold compresses to minimize swelling.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used for pain management. However, always consult with a professional before taking any medication.
In more severe cases, surgical intervention might be necessary. Our skilled surgical unit can manually reposition the fractured nose or perform a septorhinoplasty, which focuses on repairing the nasal septum.
Nasal fractures, though common, should never be taken lightly. Immediate and appropriate care is essential to prevent complications and restore the nose’s natural structure. If you suspect you or a loved one has sustained a nasal fracture, reach out to the dedicated team at ENT, Sinus & Hearing Care Center. We’re committed to your well-being and are always here to assist.