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Broken Nose (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care for a Broken Nose

Call the doctor if any of the following occur:

  • The pain or swelling does not go away in 3 days.
  • The nose looks crooked.
  • Breathing through the nose is not possible after the swelling has gone down.
  • A fever develops.
  • Recurring nosebleeds develop.
  • A significant injury that requires medical attention possibly exists.

Go to a hospital's emergency department immediately if the following signs or symptoms are present:

  • Bleeding for more than a few minutes from one or both of the nostrils
  • Bleeding from the nose does not stop
  • Clear fluid draining from the nose
  • Other injuries to the face or the body
  • Open laceration to the nose or the face
  • Loss of consciousness (fainting)
  • Severe or unrelenting headaches
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Decrease or change in vision
  • Neck pain
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms
  • Significant injury that may require immediate medical attention
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/7/2016

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