Rhinoplasty or Nose Correction surgery now in India is accepted by patients rapidly because of its successful treatments rate. While fracture is often associated with the limbs, it actually occurs in quite a few other organs as well. Sometimes, the bone or the cartilage of the nose cracks. Usually, it occurs in the septum area, the area where your nose divides into nostrils. This condition is known as the nasal fracture or fracture of the nose. A broken nose may be more common than it seems. Don’t worry, rhinoplasty or the surgery of the nose is the solution to this problem.
The causes of a nasal fracture
- Falling down
- Running into a wall
- Getting injured during contact sports
- Vehicle accidents
- If someone kicks or punches you in the nose
Symptoms of a broken nose
- Pain in the nose
- Swelling in and around the nose
- Blocked nasal passage
- Bleeding from the nose
- Bruising around the nose and the area near the eyes
- A grating sound when the nose is moved
If the symptoms are slight, then you can do first aid at home and avail medical treatment later. If the symptoms are severe, then you must visit the doctor as soon as possible.
In case the nose is bleeding, sit down and lean forward. All the while, breathe from your mouth. This will prevent the blood from draining down the throat. In case only pain is there, put your head in an elevated position. Doing so will reduce the pain. Apply a cold compress to alleviate swelling. If you don’t have one, wrap some ice in a cloth. Use the cold compress three to four times a day. You can also take painkillers to reduce the pain.
In case the injury is not severe, the doctor will release you after dressing your nose in gauze and putting a splint. If the injury is severe, it may require a closed reduction surgery which is carried out under the influence of anesthesia. It involves realignment of the nose. Rhinoplasty may also be done, which helps in realigning the nose. If the need arises, septorhinoplasty is done, which involves the repair of the nasal septum. All these surgeries are performed after the swelling goes away, which means they can be done only after 3-10 days of the injury. A significant step that must be taken is an evaluation of the extent of the injuries to ascertain its effect on the face. People don’t know what impact a broken nose can have over the facial muscles and structure. Getting the septum checked is also important so as to prevent the collection of blood in the septum, which will make things more complicated.
Keeping your nose protected depends on how you protect yourself from injuries. These include wearing shoes with a good group. Wear protective headgear during contact sports to avoid injury to the nose. It is advised that you should wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, doing skiing or skateboarding. One should also ensure that one wears a seat belt while driving a car and the kids should be trained to refrain from mischief during the rides.