A stuffy nose is common after an injury to the nose. The stuffiness
will usually go away after 48 to 72 hours of home treatment.
Difficulty breathing following a nose injury is more
serious when something is blocking your nasal passages. This can include
saliva, blood, vomit, swollen or injured tissues, broken teeth, dirt, or broken
dental work or dentures. It is important to keep the airway clear. Difficulty
breathing may also be a sign that other facial, neck, or chest injuries are
Because dizziness can involve so many parts of the body -- the ears, brain, or heart, to name a few -- your doctor will probably take a careful history of your symptoms, do a brief exam, and make a proper referral to a specialist if necessary.
Make sure you describe the sensation you feel thoroughly, since dizziness can be many things to many people.
Nasal stuffiness after a nose injury in a baby age 3 months or
younger can be more serious. Babies this age breathe through their noses and
won't automatically start breathing through their mouths as older children and
adults do. Prompt medical treatment can prevent complications.
Jan Nissl, RN, BS
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Primary Medical Reviewer
William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
March 30, 2009
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 30, 2009
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