Nasal Fracture

A fracture is a break in the bone. A nasal fracture is a broken nose. Minor breaks do not need treatment. Serious breaks may need surgery.

HOME CARE

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • If your nose bleeds, squeeze your nose shut gently. Sit upright for 10 minutes.

  • Do not play contact sports for 3 to 4 weeks or as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have more pain or severe pain.

  • You keep having nosebleeds.

  • The shape of your nose does not return to normal after 5 days.

  • You have yellowish white fluid (pus) coming from your nose.

  • Your nose bleeds for over 20 minutes.

  • Clear fluid drains from your nose.

  • You have a grape-like puffiness (swelling) on the inside of your nose.

  • You have trouble moving your eyes.

  • You keep throwing up (vomiting).

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.