Does a nose have to bleed when it goes through trauma to be broken? (photo)
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Does a nose have to bleed when it goes through trauma to be broken?
Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
Does a nose have to bleed when it goes through trauma to be broken? (photo) Ashlinn_g New
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A fracture of the nasal bones almost always results in a nose bleed. When a bone is broken, the edges of the bone and the attached soft tissue will bleed at the damaged edges. Usually the delicate lining on the inside of your nose which is attached to the underside of the bone tears and blood enters your nose where it will then drip out as a nose bleed. A black eye would indicate that there was bleeding into the tissues that went the other direction, into the soft tissues under the eyes. It is almost impossible to have a nasal fracture without at least one of those two things, usually you have both.
A nasal fracture should be set by examined by a doctor skilled in this field. If the bone is displaced, you will have cosmetic and potential functional issues if you do not set it. It is possible to fracture the nose where the bones don't move out of position, in which case you can leave it alone. Frequently the best time to set a nose is 1 to 2 weeks after the injury. At this time, most of the swelling is gone allowing for accurate evaluation and treatment. Waiting more than 2 weeks may result in the bones setting in the wrong place and then requiring much more involved surgery.
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