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What should you do for a broken nose?

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Try to stop any bleeding, ease the pain, and reduce the swelling right away. Then call your doctor.

Call 911 or get to an urgent care center if you have nose pain and:

  • Severe headache, neck pain, vomiting, or you're passing out
  • Hard time breathing
  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Clear, watery fluid draining from your nose

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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