5 Signs of a Broken Nose
You’d be surprised at how common it is for people who live in The Woodlands to suddenly end up with a broken nose while harmlessly playing around with their kids or accidentally bumping into a wall. Unfortunately, some rhinoplasty patients experience severe facial trauma as the result of car wrecks, rough contact sports such as football or hockey, or a physical altercation. How you broke your nose isn’t as important as knowing what is abnormal and indicative of a fracture. Additionally, it’s critical that you seek medical care as soon as possible if you think you may have broken your nose because your body will immediately begin to heal itself, and if you delay necessary surgery, complications may occur. Both the shape and structure of your nose will be affected for the worse, in which case patients in The Woodlands may find themselves having to undergo more complicated rhinoplasty surgery to correct the poorly mended nasal fracture.
If you’re not sure that what you’re seeing and feeling are legitimate signs of a broken nose, we encourage you to take the time to read the following list of 5 symptoms to be on the lookout for.
- A Crooked or Mishappen Nose. If your nose is normally symmetrical with no major twists or severe bends, but now appears flat or deformed it’s a sign that it’s probably fractured.
- Blackened Eyes. A common red flag to look out for after you’ve taken a blow to the nose is significant bruising around the eyes.
- Swelling. Swelling on or around a broken nose is another indication that you may have more than just a temporary problem.
- Difficulty Breathing Through the Nostrils. Rhinoplasty patients in The Woodlands often complain that they cannot breathe through their noses after a nasal fracture.
- Pain and Tenderness. Nasal fractures are extremely painful. The pain is usually intensified when you touch your nose. Pain is your bodies way of telling you that there is something very wrong.
It’s Always Best to Play it Safe
If you have sustained a nasal fracture, you will probably have one or more of the symptoms above. You may also experience bleeding and unusual mucus flow. All of these symptoms are red flags that should not be ignored. There is no way of knowing the extent of the damage without being seen by a doctor. Although it’s important to treat the problem as soon as possible, in some cases, it is necessary to allow the swelling to subside before surgery can take place. When you are in pain, confused, and afraid it is comforting to know that you have an experienced doctor in The Woodlands who you can trust. During your consultation with Dr. Myers, he will explain what he thinks is the best treatment plan for your situation, and you’ll also be able to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. Having an experienced surgeon, that you trust, allows you to focus on getting well.
Call our offices in the The Woodlands area today at (936) 539-8115 and let one of our well-trained staff help to schedule your consultation with Dr. Myers.