Nasal Fracture

What Is a Nasal Fracture?

A nasal fracture refers to a break in the bone of your nose. This injury can cause a variety of symptoms, including pain, nosebleeds or trouble breathing.

If you or your child are experiencing a broken nose, Charleston ENT & Allergy can provide treatment to fix the injury and relieve your discomfort.

doctor wearing blue rubber gloves is placing a bandage over the bridge of a female patients nose

How Can I Tell If My Nose Is Broken?

Symptoms of a nasal fracture include:

  • Pain or tenderness of the nose
  • Swelling of the nose or nearby areas
  • Bruising around the nose
  • Crooked nose
  • Difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Feeling like your nasal passages are blocked
  • Bloody nose

What Causes a Nasal Fracture?

  • Injury from sports like football, hockey or wrestling
  • Car accidents
  • Physical fights
  • Falls

How Long Does It Take For a Broken Nose To Heal?

Typically, a nasal fracture will heal within three weeks.

How Is a Nasal Fracture Treated?

If you seek treatment within 14 days, our ENT may be able to realign nasal bones and cartilage that have been displaced. After this procedure, your nose may be splinted with packing inside and a dressing outside. Your doctor will discuss how long these items should stay in place.

If you have a severe break or an injury that occurred more than 14 days ago, surgery may be necessary. Your provider will tell you what to expect during this process and explain any necessary aftercare. Charleston ENT & Allergy is here to support you if you’ve broken your nose. This injury can result in a variety of discomforts, but treatment will help your nose mend properly. We’re here to support you through this process.