Nose looks swollen, crooked, or different than normal
Some swelling is normal after a nose injury, and your nose may look
crooked. Home treatment can often help reduce swelling.
Medical evaluation is needed after a nose injury if:
You have a cut or puncture in the skin over a
possible broken nose. Bacteria can enter at the site of a cut or puncture and
cause a serious
You have a large amount of
blood in the nasal septum (nasal septal hematoma).
Your nose is
severely moved out of its normal position.
You have persistent
drainage from one or both nostrils. This may be caused by cerebrospinal fluid
(CSF) draining from the brain into the nose (CSF rhinorrhea) and can occur
after a head injury or after surgery on the nose or ears.