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Broken Nose (cont.)

Broken Nose Treatment

Broken Nose Self-Care at Home

Taking the following actions at home may help reduce the symptoms of a broken nose.

  • Place ice wrapped in a cloth over the nose for about 15 minutes at a time and then remove the ice. This process can be repeated hourly throughout the day. Use ice at the time of injury and for 1-2 days afterward to reduce pain and swelling. Take breaks between applications, and do not apply the ice directly to the skin. A bag of frozen peas or corn can be used as an ice pack as it will conform to the nose.
  • Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to reduce pain. Only use these medications as directed.
  • Take an over-the-counter (OTC) nasal decongestant to aid in breathing through the nostrils.
    • Do not use OTC nasal decongestants if the nose continues to bleed. Seek medical care.
    • Read warning labels associated with these medications.
    • These medications should not be used for more than 3 days.
  • Elevate the head, especially when sleeping, to avoid increased swelling of the nose. Prop the head up with pillows or lift the head of the bed by placing large blocks or phone books under the mattress.

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