Nose Injury

Disponible En Espanol


Care at Home

  • PAIN MEDICINE: * To help with the pain, give acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen. Use as needed. See Dose Table.
  • SKIN BLEEDING: * For any skin bleeding, put direct pressure on the wound. * Use a gauze pad or clean cloth. * Press for 10 minutes or until the bleeding has stopped.
  • CLEANSING: * After the bleeding has stopped, wash the area. Clean with soap and water for 5 minutes. * If a large area, use an antibiotic ointment such as Polysporin. No prescription is needed. * Then, cover with a Band-Aid for 1 day.
  • NOSEBLEED: * To stop a nosebleed, squeeze the soft parts of the nose against the center wall. * Do this for 10 minutes to put pressure on the bleeding point. * Use the thumb and index finger in a pinching manner. * If the bleeding continues, move your point of pressure. * Have your child sit up and breathe through the mouth during this procedure.
  • CONCERNS ABOUT MISSING A MINOR NASAL FRACTURE: * If a swollen nose is the only finding, usually it's not broken. * Even if it's broken, standard practice is to delay correction for a few days. This allows the swelling to go away. Reason: The swelling interferes with seeing the shape of the nose. * X-rays are often not helpful. Reason: Most of the nose is cartilage. Injuries to the cartilage do not show up on X-ray. * Looking at the nose after the swelling is gone is preferred. You can usually do this by day 4 or 5. This is the best way to tell if it is fractured. It will look different than it used to. Delayed correction also helps the surgeon better see what needs to be corrected. * Caution: If the nose is broken, an ENT surgeon must re-set it. This should be done BEFORE the 10th day.
  • CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF: * Pain becomes severe * Nasal passage becomes blocked * Shape of the nose has not come back to normal after 4 days * Signs of infection occur (a yellow discharge, more tender to touch or fever) * Your child becomes worse
  • COLD PACK: * For pain or swelling, use a cold pack. You can also use ice wrapped in a wet cloth. * Put it on the nose for 20 minutes. * Repeat in 1 hour, then as needed. Caution: Avoid frostbite.
  • WHAT TO EXPECT: * Nose pain and swelling usually peak on day 2. * They go away over 3 or 4 days.

Disclaimer

The information contained in these topics is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing contained in these topics is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment.

  • Not a Substitute - The information and materials in Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker should not be used as a substitute for the care and knowledge that your physician can provide to you.
  • Supplement - The information and materials presented here in Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker are meant to supplement the information that you obtain from your physician. If there is a disagreement between the information presented herein and what your physician has told you -- it is more likely that your physician is correct. He or she has the benefit of knowing your child's medical problems.
  • Limitations - You should recognize that the information and materials presented here in Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker have the following limitations, in comparison to being examined by your own physician:
    • You can have a conversation with your child's doctor.
    • Your child's doctor can perform a physical examination and any necessary tests.
    • Your child could have an underlying medical problem that requires a physician to detect.
    • If your child is taking medications, they could influence how he experiences various symptoms.

If you think that your child is having a medical emergency, call 911 or the number for the local emergency ambulance service NOW!

And when in doubt, call your child's doctor NOW or go to the closest emergency department.

The search for nearby emergency and urgent care facilities is based upon Google search parameters. You will get results based on how facilities manage their website information.

By using this website, you accept the information provided herein "AS IS." Neither publishers nor the providers of the information contained herein will have any liability to you arising out of your use of the information contained herein or make any expressed or implied warranty regarding the accuracy, content, completeness, reliability, or efficacy of the information contained within this website.