Nasal Injuries in Tuscaloosa
Nasal injuries are a common occurrence and are most commonly the result of accidents or an impactful force against the nose. A nose does not have to be broken to considered injured. Nasal injuries can result in damage to the cartilage, bone, skin, or any combination.
Nasal Injury Symptoms
If you are experiencing symptoms including swelling, pain, or bruising, then it may be time to visit an ENT. While ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication can often help to reduce pain, it cannot heal the injury.
If you are experiencing the following symptoms after a nasal injury, be sure to visit an ENT specialist as soon as possible.
- Difficulty breathing
- Recurring drainage or nosebleeds
- A visibly broken nose
- Open wounds on the nose
- A collapse of the nasal bridge
Nasal Injury Treatments
In cases where the skin has been punctured on the nose, one of our physicians will carefully clean and close the wound using self-adhesive strips or sutures. It is also advised that the patient receive an injection to prevent tetanus if their vaccination of 10 years is not up to date. In the case of bony fractures, severe swelling may occur. It usually takes about a week before swelling has resolved enough for the bones to be examined.
In the case of nasal injuries, x-rays are not commonly needed, as most injuries are uncomplicated. However, if more serious injuries that include the skull and face have occurred, an x-ray should be conducted. If the nose is misshapen after swelling has gone down, manipulation under anesthesia may be required.
A consultation with one of our Tuscaloosa ENT physicians is needed to examine your nasal injury and determine the appropriate treatment. If you have experienced a nasal injury, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We will do our best to see you as soon as possible!