A nose fracture is a break in the bones of the nose.
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A broken nose is caused by a blunt, hard blow to the nose. It often occurs along with injuries to other parts of the nose and face.
A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease, condition, or injury. Risk factors for a nose fracture include:
Symptoms of a broken nose include:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and how the injury occurred, and will examine your nose and face for:
Tests may include:
Apply ice or a cold pack to your nose for 15-20 minutes, several times a day for several days. This helps reduce pain and swelling. Wrap the ice or cold pack in a towel. Do not apply the ice directly to your skin.
The following drugs help reduce inflammation and pain:
The doctor may:
Surgery may be needed to set the fracture if:
If you are diagnosed with a nose fracture, follow your doctor's instructions .
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Last reviewed November 2012 by Igor Puzanov, MD
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