Have I Damaged my Nose After This Injury?

I was training about 4-5 months back when I suffered an injury to my nose as someone accidentally stomped on my nose from the right side to the left. Since then I cannot remember being able to breathe through my nose although it has often been the general idea that is due to my asthma which seems like nonsense. My nose isn't crooked in any obvious way.

Doctor Answers 8

Nasal Trauma and Breathing Difficulties

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   If the nose looks the same, the possible cause of breathing problems may be the septum.   Usually, this produces unilateral breathing difficulties.  An exam will be necessary to determine if surgery is needed.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Unable to breath through nose after injury

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It is possibly that you've injured the septum. Given this possibility, I highly suggest you see an ENT or plastic surgeon who can examine your nose with a speculum. If you do, indeed, have a deviation, they'll be able to outline your options for treatment.

Good luck!

Have I damaged my nose after this injury?

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Hello, and very sorry to hear about your accident. It is possible that the trauma you experienced resulted in an issue which has impaired your breathing. You may have a deviated septum without noticing. I would recommend an in-person consult with an experienced and board certified rhinoplasty specialist. He/she will be able to assess your nose in person and determine whether or not there is a problem that needs to be fixed. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Damaged nose after injury

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 Nasal trauma and fracture the external portion of the nose, or the internal portion of the nose. In this case it sounds as though the internal portion was fractured creating a deviated nasal septum. A septoplasty would need to be performed to straighten  the internal portion of the nose to improve airflow dynamics. This will not change the external shape of the nose. Nasal airflow restriction is not created by asthma.   A septoplasty is performed for medical necessity and is not considered cosmetic.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

Nose Damage after Trauma

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From what you describe, it sounds like there may be internal damage to the anatomy of your nose that is restricting the airflow through your nose.  I would recommend that you consult with a facial plastic surgeon who can thoroughly evaluate the inside and outside of your nose to determine how to improve your situation.

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal Trauma And Trouble Breathing

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It is very likely you have suffered some type of trauma to the interior of your nose that may need surgical attention. I would recommend a thorough evaluation by a board certified facial plastic surgeon who has otolaryngology (ENT) background training. 

John M. Hilinski, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Airway issue?

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Certainly after trauma you could have possibly sustained a septal injury or upper lateral cartilage injury.  It is best to be seen in person to be properly evaluated.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Damage Nose after Injury?

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Given that you have had specific nasal trauma and a temporally related change in your breathing “pattern”, you will be best off seeking in person consultation with a board-certified Plastic or Facial Plastic Surgeon.  Direct physical examination will be necessary to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and/or treatment recommendations.

 Best wishes.

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