Broken Nose Facts
Medically reviewed by: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
- A broken nose or nasal fracture is usually the result of external trauma.
- The most common cause of a broken nose is fights. Sports injuries are the least common cause of a broken nose.
- Symptoms of a broken nose include swelling, bruising, a black eye, nosebleeds, pain, tenderness when touching the nose, or deformity of the nose.
- A broken nose can be diagnosed with X-rays, CT scan, or most commonly physical exam.
- Treatment for a broken nose is generally with home care including OTC pain medication, ice, and rest.
- More severe facial fractures that include a broken nose may require surgery.