A nasal fracture is typically caused by an injury or accident. When the fracture occurs, it is often accompanied by pain, bleeding, nasal congestion, and swelling of the nose and nasal bridge. Patients may often experience difficulty in nasal breathing almost immediately after impact injury. At Texas ENT Specialists, we can help assess and repair nasal fractures to allow you to breathe easier and restore facial symmetry.  

Nasal Fracture Treatment 

Nasal fracture treatment is time-sensitive, so it’s important to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. The first step in treatment will be assessing the fracture to see if the nose is broken. In some cases, an x-ray or CT imaging may be used to confirm and determine the extent of the fracture. For some patients, an in-office treatment can be performed to help re-position the nose if done early enough. This is achieved through local anesthesia and a special cast to hold the nose in place. If the nose appears to be shifted and no longer straight, or the septum (the dividing wall that separates the left and right nasal cavity) is deviated, surgical intervention may be needed. The surgery will help re-align the nose to ensure breathing is more comfortable, as well as correct any cosmetic deformities. 

About Nasal Fractures

Nasal injuries, including fractures, can be painful and cause both cosmetic and functional damage. The shape of the nose can be drastically altered, resulting in a change of appearance. After a nasal fracture, the nose can lean dramatically to one side and appear crooked.

When the nose shape is altered, it can make breathing difficult. When the septum is not straight, one side of the nose may become more narrowed and restrictive, impacting nasal breathing.

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Nasal Fracture Symptoms

When you first experience a fracture, you may experience:

  • Pain in the nose and face
  • Nose bleed
  • Swelling of the inner and outer nose
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dark bruises around the eyes

Over time, you may experience a decrease in symptoms even if the fracture has not fully healed. You may then begin to:

  • See a change in nasal shape
  • Notice a crooked septum (deviated septum) 
  • Have continued difficulty breathing

About Texas ENT Specialists

Texas ENT Specialists provides comprehensive ENT care to patients across the Houston area. We are a multi-location practice with 15 offices across Houston. 

We have set ourselves apart in the ENT industry by offering patients: 

Personalized Treatment

Our providers offer tailored treatments to address your specific symptoms from your ENT condition.

Top-Rated Physician Network

Each of our locations is staffed with a network of providers who are experts in ENT care and frequently collaborate amongst one another to help deliver the best possible care.

Centers of Excellence

We use the latest medical technology, and our state-of-the-art offices help us deliver the best possible patient experience.

Continuity of Care

Our mission is to help patients achieve long-lasting relief from their condition — not just a short-term solution.

Who Do Nasal Fractures Affect?

Nasal fractures can affect adults and children of all ages. Nasal fractures are caused by accidents or injuries such as a fall, a strike from another person, or motor vehicle collisions. 

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Nasal Fractures FAQ's

Will icing a nasal fracture help?

Yes. Icing can help reduce the swelling of the nose and surrounding area.

Can you develop a deviated septum from a nasal fracture?

Yes. The types of accidents that cause a nasal fracture can result in a deviated septum.

Is surgery the only solution for a deviated septum?

Yes, surgery is required to correct a deviated septum permanently.

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