When involved in a car accident, you may find yourself suffering from a broken nose. A broken nose may result in pain, tenderness or swelling of your nose and the surrounding areas as well as bleeding, bruising, difficulty breathing and discharge from your nose. You may also get the feeling that one or both of your nasal passages are blocked or your nose may even become crooked or misshapen.
Immediate treatment of a broken nose is essential in order to avoid facing complications associated with the break. Some complications or injuries that are commonly associated with a broken nose include:
- Deviated Septum: A deviated septum is a condition that occurs when the thin wall that divides the two sides of your nose becomes displaced, thereby narrowing the nasal passage. While decongestants and antihistamines will help you to manage the symptoms associated with a deviated septum, surgery will be necessary to actually correct the condition.
- Septal Hematoma: It is also possible for pools of clotted blood to form within the broken nose, resulting in a condition known as septal hematoma. A septal hematoma may block just one or both of your nostrils. Surgical drainage is necessary with this condition in order to prevent damage to the cartilage.
- Cartilage Fracture: Cartilage fractures of the nose are particularly common with car accidents. This is because they most frequently occur as the result of a forceful blow. Again, surgery will likely be necessary to correct any cartilage injuries that you may have sustained.
If you have suffered a broken nose from a car accident or any other accident, contact Advanced Therapy & Spine today to learn more about how we can help with the recovery process.