Should I See a Doctor if my Nose Makes a Cracking Sound One Week After an Injury?

Last week I fell off a mechanical bull and kneed myself in the nose. It bled for 15 minutes and I was in a lot of pain but I didn't have any crookedness or visible deformity. I had some mild swelling but no bruising or problems breathing so I did not see a doctor. The pain is much better (though the bridge area is still tender to the touch) but two days ago I noticed that whenever I touch the tip or bridge of my nose there is a cracking noise/sensation. Should I get it checked out?

Doctor Answers 6

Schedule an Appointment With a Board Certified Doctor

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You should always schedule a visit with a board certified doctor if you feel you have suffered any type of damage to your nose because of an injury. This holds especially true if you are noticing something out of the ordinary, like the cracking sound you have posted about. It is better to be overly cautious than to risk having a problem, and it is always advisable to seek treatment as early as possible. 

New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal trauma, fracture swelling and bleeding

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 Nasal trauma of this magnitude can indeed fracture the nasal bones, septum and upper lateral cartilages. Its important to make sure there is no septal hematoma.  It's also a good idea  to get an x-ray to document any nasal fracture.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Should I See a Doctor if my Nose Makes a Cracking Sound One Week After an Injury?

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It sounds like you did, at least, break the cartilage in the end of your septum. However, it sounds like the shape and appearance of your nose has not changed. It is unlikely then that you will need any surgery to repair your nose. However, you should consult with an experienced facial trauma surgeon to ensure that you're healing properly.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Cracking sound after nasal injury

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If you hear a cracking noise when you touch your nose, especially after hitting it hard enough to cause bleeding, you may have broken the nasal bones or cartilages or both. If there is no change in the appearance or your breathing, it may be that no treatment is required. However, it should be evaluated to ensure that the nose doesn't need to be stabilized.

Gregory J. Vipond, MD, FRCSC
Inland Empire Facial Plastic Surgeon

Nasal trauma

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You may have sustained a fracture of the nasal bones or the septum.  It is a good idea to be seen by a rhinoplasty specialist. If the nose is significantly deviated now from a fracture, it can be straightened but would have to be done ASAP.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Did I break my nose?

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Dear klynng23,

  1. If you injured your nose, it bled, and now you can feel cracking noses, you should get this checked out because you might have broken it
  2. If it looks the same, that is great news, also check your breathing and make sure that it is improving
  3. Seeing a physician after the injury can establish a cause and insurance would cover any residual issues (breathing problems, crookedness and broken bones)

Best regards,

Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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