Your nose is one of the most distinguishing features of your face. While beautiful eyes or a friendly smile are the first thing to catch someone’s attention, your nose won’t be far behind. However, nose injuries are some of the most overlooked medical problems. Most people will simply add ice to the area and take some pain medication until the trauma seems to heal on its own. However, there can be something seriously wrong with it and by the time the original fracture, nosebleed or bruising heals, it may be difficult to repair the damage.
The source of a nose injury can have a big effect on the way it will heal. If something bumped the nose lightly, there’s a good chance that there will be no long-term damage; however, it is still important to seek medical attention as soon as possible for a thorough evaluation. If the trauma was caused by high-impact such as a car accident, there is a significant chance that other parts of the body may have been injured.
As with most injuries, there are certain signs and symptoms that should lead to immediate medical attention. You should call the doctor immediately if the nose is crooked or it becomes difficult to breathe through the nose, even after the swelling has done down. Another concerning sign are nosebleeds. Any patient that suffers a nosebleed after nasal trauma should be evaluated by a physician.
While not every symptom is an emergency, some can be a sign of internal damage. If there is clear fluid draining from the nose or loss of consciousness occurred, this must be evaluated right away, and is usually done after the trauma in the ER. In the days following the trauma a severe headache that won’t subside is a dangerous sign, as is a change in vision or neck pain.
If the nose has been severely damaged, there could be a need for treatment later. At the site of the injury, a doctor may need to re-align the nose or adjust its position to allow for unobstructed breathing. Sometimes, the timing to this correction is important, so it is best to be evaluated within a few days after the nasal trauma.
A nose injury may cause major pain and deformity to the face, and lead to long-term problems if not evaluated and treated properly. It is important to get a diagnosis from a professional to learn more about what should be done for treatment. Schedule an appointment today in Sewell to see how your nose injury needs to be treated.