If your nose is broken and
out of place, it may need to be set. Most doctors like to wait for any swelling
to go down before setting a broken nose. Most swelling goes down after 2 or 3
days but may take as long as 7 to 14 days. After the nose is set, nasal packing
may be inserted and a splint may be applied. You may be given antibiotics to
help prevent infection if packing is used. Your doctor may want to recheck your
nose and remove the packing in 2 to 3 days.
When you have a nose injury, it is important to look for
other injuries to the head, face, and neck, such as a broken cheekbone, an eye
injury, an injury to the mouth or teeth, or a cervical spine injury. If you
think there are other injuries, use the topics in the Related Information
section to evaluate these injuries.
Check your symptoms to decide if and when you should see a doctor.