Broken Nose


A broken nose is the most common type of facial fracture. In most cases, it occurs after a traumatic injury and can become more complicated when accompanied by other facial or a neck injury.

Serious nose injuries where the nose looks deformed, where breathing is difficult, or when bleeding will not stop require immediate medical attention.

If a broken nose is suspected, do not try to straighten the nose. Also, never move someone if there is a reason to suspect a more serious head or neck injury.


Signs of a broken nose:

  • Misshapen appearance.
  • Bruising under the eyes.
  • Bleeding from the nose.
  • Pain and swelling.
  • Difficulty breathing though the nose.


If a broken nose is suspected, remain calm. Breathe through the mouth and lean forward. This will stop the blood from going back down the throat. Without applying too much pressure, apply a cold compresses, and to relieve pain, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is recommended.

Seek medical assistance if:

  • Bleeding will not stop.
  • A more serious head or neck injury is suspected.
  • The nose is misshapen.
  • The person is having difficulty breathing.
  • Clear fluids draining from the nose will not stop.
  • A suspected blood clot in the septum (the wall in the center of the nose that divides the left and right airway).


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