A woman with a broken nose touching her bandaged nose

Detecting damage: how to tell if your nose is broken.

A broken nose can happen in the blink of an eye, whether from sports, accidents or just an unlucky bump. Knowing how to tell if your nose is broken is crucial for timely and effective treatment.

We'll guide you through the causes, detection methods and treatment options for a broken nose, helping you make informed decisions about your health.

What causes a broken nose?

A broken nose, or nasal fracture, typically occurs from direct impact to the face.

Common causes include sports injuries, car accidents, falls and physical altercations. Since the nose protrudes from the face, it is particularly vulnerable to such impacts.

Understanding these causes is the first step in prevention and early detection.



How to tell if your nose is broken.

Detecting a broken nose involves looking out for several key signs and symptoms.

Here are the main indicators.

  • Pain and tenderness. One of the first signs of a broken nose is significant pain and tenderness, especially when touching the nose.
  • Swelling and redness. Swelling and redness around the nose and eyes are common indicators of a fracture.
  • Bruising. Bruising around the nose and under the eyes – often called raccoon eyes –
  • can suggest a nasal fracture.
  • Nosebleeds. A broken nose often causes nosebleeds due to damaged blood vessels inside the nasal cavity.
  • Difficulty breathing. If the nasal passages are obstructed or misaligned due to the injury, breathing through the nose can be challenging.
  • Deformity. A noticeable change in the shape of the nose, such as crookedness or a new bump, is a strong indicator of a fracture.

If you experience these symptoms, it is important to seek prompt medical attention.  



Seeking medical treatment for injuries.

If you suspect you have a broken nose, it's essential to seek professional medical evaluation and treatment. While isolated non-displaced fractures are rarely dangerous, it is important to get evaluated to make sure that there are no other associated injuries.

At CityMD, our experienced team can assess your injury, perform necessary diagnostic tests and provide the appropriate care. We can also refer you to a specialist for additional care.



How to tell if you broke your nose: final thoughts.

Knowing how to tell if your nose is broken is key to seeking timely medical attention and ensuring proper healing. By understanding the causes, symptoms and treatment options, you can better navigate this common yet potentially serious injury.

At your local CityMD, we're here to help you every step of the way with expert care and advice.

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