Patient Education: Nasal Bone Fracture

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Patient Education: Nasal Bone Fracture

A nasal bone fracture, often referred to as a broken nose, occurs when the bones in your nose are injured and may become misaligned. This injury can happen due to various reasons such as sports injuries, accidents, or altercations. Here’s what you need to know about nasal bone fractures:


  • Trauma: Direct impact to the nose, such as from a fall, sports injury, or physical altercation, can cause nasal bone fractures.
  • Accidents: Motor vehicle accidents, falls, or any event where the face makes forceful contact with a hard surface can result in a nasal fracture.


  • Pain or Tenderness: You may experience pain or tenderness in the nose area.
  • Swelling: Swelling around the nose and eyes is common.
  • Bruising: The skin around your nose may appear bruised or discolored.
  • Difficulty Breathing: Swelling or misalignment of the nasal bones can cause difficulty breathing through the nose.
  • Nasal Deformity: A visible change in the shape or alignment of the nose may be noticeable.


  • Evaluation: A doctor will assess your nasal injury, which may involve physical examination and imaging tests like X-rays or CT scans.
  • Closed Reduction: In cases where the fracture is not severe, the bones may be manually realigned without surgery, a procedure called closed reduction.
  • Medication: Pain relievers and decongestants may be prescribed to manage pain and swelling.
  • Nasal Splint: A nasal splint or cast may be applied to stabilize the nose during the healing process.
  • Follow-up: Regular follow-up appointments with your doctor are essential to monitor healing and ensure proper alignment.

Home Care:

  • Rest: Avoid strenuous activities that could further injure your nose.
  • Ice Packs: Applying ice packs to the nose can help reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Elevation: Keeping your head elevated while sleeping can also reduce swelling.
  • Nasal Care: Follow your doctor's instructions for cleaning and caring for your nose while it heals.
  • Avoiding Pressure: Avoid putting pressure on your nose, such as wearing glasses or sunglasses, until it is fully healed.

When to Seek Medical Attention:

  • Difficulty Breathing: If you experience significant difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Persistent Pain: If you have persistent or worsening pain despite medication.
  • Bleeding: If you experience severe or persistent nosebleeds.
  • Changes in Vision: Any changes in vision or severe swelling around the eyes should be evaluated promptly.

Remember, every nasal fracture is unique, and the treatment approach may vary depending on the severity of the injury. It's essential to follow your doctor's recommendations for the best possible outcome and to prevent long-term complications. If you have any concerns or questions about your nasal fracture, don't hesitate to contact your healthcare provider.