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    Broken Nose Treatment

    1. When to See a Health Care Provider

    Go to a hospital emergency room or see a health care provider immediately if:

    • You cannot stop the nose from bleeding.
    • The nostril or nasal septum is crooked or out of place.
    • The person has clear drainage from one or both nostrils or a grapelike swelling inside the nose on the septum.

    2. Treat Symptoms

    • Apply ice for pain and swelling.
    • Have the person rest and keep the head elevated even when sleeping.
    • The person should avoid blowing his or her nose.

    3. Follow Up

    • If the nose is not out of position, rest and home treatment may be all that's needed.
    • If the nose is crooked or it is difficult for the person to breathe through the nose, see a health care provider.

    If you see a health care provider, the next steps depend on the particular case:

    • To stop bleeding, the health care provider may pack the nostrils with gauze.
    • For a simple fracture, the health care provider may straighten the nose.
    • Surgery may be needed to move bone or cartilage back in place for a more complicated fracture.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on January 23, 2016

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