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How do you fix a broken nose without surgery?

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If your doctor decides your broken nose can be fixed without surgery, they'll have to do it within 1-2 weeks of your injury. Any longer and it will begin to heal on its own, even if the bones are out of place.

Your doctor will give you pain medication. Then, they'll open your nostrils with a flat tool called a speculum and use a special instrument to put your broken bones and cartilage back in place.

You'll get packing inside your nose and a dressing on the outside. That'll keep your nose in place while it heals. Antibiotics can help prevent infection.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Broken Nose.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Nasal fractures,” “Nosebleeds,” “Nose Surgery.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Broken Nose.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 20, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Broken Nose.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Nasal fractures,” “Nosebleeds,” “Nose Surgery.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Broken Nose.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 20, 2019

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