Also referred to as a nasal fracture, a broken nose is a common facial injury that may occur from a car accident. Since your nose sticks out from your face, it is relatively easy to break.
Some of the signs that your nose was broken in a car accident include:
- Pain in the nose, particularly when touched
- Swelling of the nose
- Mucus running from the nose
- Bent or crooked nose
- Black eyes or bruises developed beneath the eyes
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- A cracking sund when touching the nose
If your nose is broken, you should take immediate steps to stop the bleeding and to reduce the pain and swelling. You can help to stop the bleeding by sitting up so your nose is higher than your heart, leaning forward so the blood does not run down the back of your throat and pinching the soft part of your nose with your thumb and index finger for five minutes. If the bleeding still doesn’t stop, pinch your nose again for ten minutes.
To reduce the swelling, you should wrap an ice pack in a towel and place it on your nose for ten minutes. Remove the ice for then minutes and then repeat the process. Never put pressure on the ice pack. You may need to repeat this process a few times per day for the first two days after your injury occurs.
If you require medical care due to a car accident, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab today. We will be happy to help you address all of your health and medical needs.