Nose injuries are not be sneezed at15 Jan 2013
Nose injuries usually occur as the result of an accident or fall - or due to rough play in sports.
A pain localized to the nose itself could signify an injury such as a bruised or broken nose.
If fractured, the nose will generally swell, bruise and appear out of shape.
A fractured nose needs to receive medical attention to avoid permanent disfigurement.
A doctor will diagnose a fractured nose through a physical examination. This examination could be painful as the doctor will need to touch the broken area. Generally, X-rays are not needed.
Doctors may manually straighten the broken bone during the examination.
For particularly bad fractures or breaks, the nose may need a splint or surgery.
When touched, the nose will be very sensitive and may make a crunching or crackling sound.
If the nose is broken it may also bleed or discharge mucus, and it will be difficult or impossible to breathe through the nostrils.??
Most fractured noses do not require much treatment other than pain control. Pain medication is generally prescribed.
Doctors recommend you should immediately apply ice and keep the head elevated at all times – including while asleep.