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Who "Nose" What The Most Common Facial Fracture Is and How to Treat It?

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As a mom to three boys, ages 11, 13, and 14, I deal with a lot of rough-and-tumble issues. My two older boys in particular love to play football out in the yard with some of the older boys. Inevitably, someone always gets hurt, whether it be from a hard tackle or someone impaling themselves on a stick while falling down, which happened just last week to one of the neighbor boys.

Fortunately, none of my boys have ever broken a bone in their lives thus far. I guess I dose them up on a fair amount of calcium and Vitamin D! However, not too long ago, one of them was hit in the face by a football, which brought to my mind that memorable scene from the old “Brady Bunch” series where Marcia gets hit in the nose with a football, thereby breaking her nose and making it swell to what seemed like ten times its normal size. While I have never had a broken nose, I have heard it is quite painful, especially when you have to blow your nose or sneeze!

Since our noses are our most prominent facial feature, they are at greater risk for injury and account for about 40 percent of all facial fractures. A broken nose is also referred to a nasal fracture. It is a break or crack in the bone of your nose, usually over the bridge of your nose. Common causes of a broken nose include contact sports (It figures!), physical fights (I have seen plenty of those in my home!), certain falls (My 105-year-old grandma has a short resume of these!), and vehicular accidents (I vow to never let my sons drive!).

Some symptoms of a broken nose include pain, swelling, and bruising around the nose and under your eyes. Your nose may appear to look a bit crooked, and you may even have trouble breathing. You may experience a nose bleed or have a discharge of mucus from your nose. It may even feel as if one or both of your nasal passages is blocked.

Surgery is rarely required to fix a broken nose. Usually a physician will need to provide a procedure that will realign your nose. (That sounds incredibly painful to me!)

If your nose injury is accompanied by a head or neck injury, neck pain, vomiting, or unconsciousness, it is important to seek immediate medical attention.

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