Frequently Asked Questions1. Which specialist usually treats Nasal Fractures?
A Facio-Maxillary surgeon or an ENT Surgeon treats these injuries.
2. How should I treat a broken nose at home?
Treat by applying ice wrapped towel for 15 minutes to half-an hour. If you have undue pain and nasal congestion you could use over-the-counter pain medications and nasal decongestants. If symptoms persist, it is better to see a doctor.
3. I had a blow on my nose and it is swollen, when should I seek an opinion of a specialist?
You should seek advice of a specialist immediately-
a. If you felt a crack when you were hit, which means you have a fracture
b. If you find your nose to be crooked or deformed
c. If you have a persistent nosebleed or watery discharge for more than 10 to 15 minutes
d. If you experience difficulty in breathing through your nose.
e. If you are experiencing headache that maybe accompanied by vomiting, and/or feeling of giddiness or loss of consciousness
f. If you experience extreme pain and bruising around the nose.
4. How long does it generally take for the swelling and bruises on the nose to clear after an injury ?
The swelling and bruises may last for one to two weeks. However it the nose is bent – it will not straighten on its own unless it is corrected.
5. What preventive measures can be taken to prevent broken nose?
a. Wear a seat belt while driving
b. Wear a protective helmet if riding a bike
c. Wear the right head and face protective gear if playing contact sports or sports like cricket, hockey or baseball
6. What Kind of Anesthesia is required for nasal surgery?
A general anesthesia is usually given for Rhinoplasty procedure