Broken Nose Cartilage: Treatments, Symptoms & Risks


Broken Nose Cartilage: Treatments, Symptoms & Risks

If you’ve taken a hard blow to the face, you may have broken nose cartilage. It’s actually pretty easy and common to break your nose during a facial injury since your nose sticks out from the rest of your face. Here’s what to do if you have broken nose cartilage.

Reasons For A Broken Nose

There are many possible reasons for broken nose cartilage. You may have had a physical altercation or a really bad fall. It’s also common to break your nose while playing a contact sport or after a motor vehicle accident. If you suspect your nose is broken and the pain persists after the swelling has gone down, you should make an appointment to visit a doctor. 

Risks Of Breaking Your Nose

Aside from the pain and bruising, a broken nose can bring on further complications. 

Deviated Septum: A broken nose may cause a deviated septum. A deviated septum occurs when the thin lining between your nostrils becomes displaced which can make it harder to breathe. Surgery is needed in order to fix a deviated septum. 

Blood Clots: When you break your nose, blood cots known as septal hematoma can form and block one or both of your nostrils. Surgery is needed to drain out the blood. 

Fracture: A broken nose can lead to a cartilage fracture. This tends to happen when the broken nose is the result of a hard blow or contact. 

How To Tell If Your Nose Is Broken

You may have broken your nose cartilage if you experience the following:

  • It is painful to touch your nose
  • Your nose is swollen or crooked
  • You have trouble breathing through your nose
  • Your nose makes a cracking sound when you touch it
  • You have bruises beneath or around your eyes
  • Your nose is runny and/or bleeding

How To Treat Broken Nose Cartilage

A broken nose may be treated with either rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty surgery realigns your nose while septorhinoplasty repairs your nasal septum. These surgeries are usually done a few days after the injury to allow time for swelling to subside. Surgery should be done within two weeks of the injury, but sooner is better. You may also opt for a non-invasive closed reduction surgery where the doctor manually realigns your nose.  

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