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Broken Nose (cont.)

Broken Nose Symptoms

It is usually obvious that there is an injury to the nose due to bruising, swelling, and bleeding from the nose. A history of traumatic injury should lead to suspicion of a broken bone in the nose or nasal fracture.

Signs that suggest a person has a broken nose may include the following:

  • Tenderness when touching the nose
  • Swelling of the nose or face
  • Bruised nose
  • Bruising under the eyes (black eye)
  • Deformity of the nose (crooked nose)
  • Nosebleed
  • When touching the nose, a crunching or crackling sound (crepitus) or or creaking sensation like that of rubbing hair between 2 fingers
  • Pain and difficulty breathing out of the nostrils
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/3/2014

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