An accident victim might suffer severe facial injuries, including a broken nose. A broken nose often involves a fracture of the large bone over the bridge of the nose. Typical causes of a broken nose may include car accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, sports injuries, falls or fights. Read on to learn more about these injuries and broken nose treatment that might be necessary.
Symptoms of a Broken Nose
In some cases a broken nose is easily diagnosed because of extreme swelling or a crooked appearance. In other cases, it may not be clear whether your nose is actually broken or only bruised and sore. If you believe you have a broken nose you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. The following symptoms may indicate that your nose is broken and you need to see a doctor.
- You have difficulty breathing.
- There is a mucus discharge coming from your nostril(s).
- Your nasal passages are blocked.
- You are bruised around the nose or eyes.
- You have pain and/or tenderness when you touch your nose or the surrounding area.
- You are bleeding from your nose.
- You have swelling of your nose and surrounding areas of the face.
- Your nose looks misshapen or crooked.
When You Should Go To the Emergency Room
There are some accompanying symptoms that could signal a more serious injury and warrant a trip to the hospital. If you experience any of the following symptoms get medical help right away.
- You can’t stop the bleeding.
- There is a clear or watery fluid coming from your nostril(s).
- You experience a loss of consciousness.
- You have bouts of nausea and/or vomiting.
- You are having difficulty breathing.
- Your nose is clearly twisted (not a result of swelling) or disfigured.
Your doctor will conduct an examination of your nose and any other concerning areas and will order X-rays and possible CT scans to properly diagnose all potential injuries.
Treatment for a Broken Nose
In some minor fractures, there is little a doctor will do. You will probably be given instructions on how to issue self-care at home, such as applying ice to the area and taking over-the-counter pain medications. You may be directed to schedule a follow-up appointment to check your progress.
In more serious breaks, there are some medical treatments to repair the injury. The following are some possible broken nose treatments.
- Manual realignment: In cases where the nose bones and/or cartilage in the nose are displaced, the doctor may perform a manual realignment. The doctor may provide some type of local anesthesia prior to the realignment. He will then use a nasal speculum to open the nostrils and will use special tools to realign the cartilage and bones. Packing within the nostrils and splinting outside and/or inside the nose will keep the bones in place.
- Surgery: Severe cases may require surgery. When a patient has multiple breaks in the nose or waited too long to seek treatment, surgery can become the only option for repair. Reconstructive surgery is sometimes also necessary if the nasal septum has been damaged.
Call Walker, Billingsley & Bair after an Accident
If your broken nose is the result of an accident or the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, you may be entitled compensation for medical bills, lost wages and/or pain and suffering. More complicated injuries can cause significant financial distress and you may need an attorney to help you exercise your rights and recover compensation. Walker, Billingsley & Bair can help. Call us today at (888) 435-9886 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case with an attorney.