Moderate blood loss when it first happened from nosebleed, my shirt was soaked in blood, I've woken up the past nights with my nose clogged with dried blood, when I blow my nose blood comes out and I just stuck a Kleenex in it (3 days after accident) and there was fresh blood on it. No immediate recognition of a crooked nose but it is still swollen.
I Got into a Fight 3 Days Ago and my Nose Was Hit Hard Should I Go to the Doctor?
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You have up to 2 weeks to straighten a broken nose, but if there is a hematoma its an emergency
There is only one situation when your nose needs to be treated right away after trauma, that's if you have a hematoma of the septum. That is when blood collects under the skin (called mucosa) of the septum and it swells. This is extremely uncommon but if its present, your nose could collapse over a years time. A nose specialist or even an ER doc can diagnose this. One possible indication that you have one is if your nose is totally blocked on both sides.
As for the external nose. The bones become fairly fixed after 2 weeks. We often don't fix broken noses the first few days because swelling distorts the nose and we can't tell exactly how crooked it is or how much to straighten.
Evaluation of your nose is important after trauma
Nasal trauma and broken nose
It is important to be evaluated by a ENT facial plastic surgeon to determine and document any nasal/septal fracture. It's also important to make sure that there is no septal hematoma present, so it is a good idea to be evaluated in person. Physical exam and x-rays will also will also help with the documentation process. Even though the external portion of the nose maybe straight, the septum could have become deviated to the trauma.Please see the link below for examples of fractured noses we have repaired in our practice
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Broken nose is not an emergency but probably should be checked out by a doctor.
Seeing a surgeon immediately probably will be of little benefit. Nevertheless is not a bad idea to have this checked out.
Good idea to see a surgeon within the next week
Your nose is important in terms of breathing and appearance. Nasal trauma and fractures can affect both. As the swelling subsides and bleeding stops you may notice a change to appearance of your nose and/or you may have trouble breathing through one or both sides of your nose.
If your nose is indeed fractured, it is best to consult with a surgeon within the next week. There are a number of treatment options (especially for early fractures). You and your surgeon can decide what would be best for you.
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