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What should you know about breaking your nose?

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When you’ve taken a blow to the nose and it’s swollen and bleeding, you may wonder if it’s broken.

A broken nose (also called a nasal fracture) is the most common type of face injury. Noses stick out, so they’re easy to break. It can happen in a car accident, during a sporting event, in a fistfight, or even during a clumsy encounter with a door.

If you think it might be broken, see your doctor right away to avoid problems.

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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