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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:

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  • 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 infection.
  • 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.
  • You have a nosebleed you cannot stop (epistaxis).
Author Jan Nissl, RN, BS
Editor Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Associate Editor Tracy Landauer
Primary Medical Reviewer William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Updated March 30, 2009

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Last Updated: March 30, 2009
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