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Should you see a doctor for a broken nose?

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If you only have swelling and moderate pain, your symptoms could improve, and you might get better on your own. But you should see your doctor if 3-5 days have passed and:

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

  • The pain and swelling aren’t getting better.
  • The swelling is gone, but your nose looks crooked.
  • You have a hard time breathing, even after the swelling improves.
  • You’re having frequent nosebleeds.
  • You have a fever.
  • 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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