Nose injuries are very common and generally are a result of accidents or impactful force. Nose injuries symptoms involve swelling, pain, or bruising, whether the nose is broken or not. Nose injury symptoms can be relieved by an ice pack to reduce swelling and over-the-counter pain medications to reduce the pain. However, if home remedies are not doing the trick, you should contact Alabama Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialists as soon as possible, especially if you are experiencing these symptoms:
- Persistent drainage or nosebleeds
- Difficulty breathing
- Collapse of the bridge of your nose
- Punctured skin on the nose
- A visibly broken nose
If a nasal injury is not addressed, there are a variety of complications that can arise as a result. While many broken noses can heal without issue, it is still important that the nose is checked out by an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist to confirm its proper healing. However, if problems due develop as a result of a broken nose, you will most likely notice a minor to drastic change in shape and possibly the internal tissues. After a break, you may also experience trouble breathing due to a deviated septum. With improper healing, comes the potential for infection due to abnormal tissue formation
Our ENT specialists will address your nose injury and treat most nose fractures with medication, decongestants, and a nose splint. Depending on the extent of your injury, your specialist may feel that the fracture should be reset or left alone to heal without disturbing the tissue. It is necessary to wait for a broken nose to be put back into place once swelling decreases. Our doctors may prescribe antibiotics to lessen your risk of infection. By reducing your risk of infection with antibiotics, you can rest easy knowing that your healing properly.