Nose fracture

  • Alternative Names

    Fracture of the nose; Broken nose

    First Aid
    1. Reassure the patient and try to keep the patient calm.
    2. Have the patient breathe through the mouth and lean forward in a sitting position in order to keep blood from going down the back of the throat.
    3. Apply cold compresses to the nose to reduce swelling. If possible, the patient should hold the compress so that there isn't too much pressure on the nose.
    4. To help relieve pain, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is recommended.

    Do Not
    • Do NOT try to straighten a broken nose.
    • Do NOT move the person if there is reason to suspect a head or neck injury.

    Call immediately for emergency medical assistance if

    Get medical help right away if:

    • Bleeding will not stop
    • Clear fluid keeps draining from the nose
    • You suspect a blood clot in the septum
    • You suspect a neck or head injury
    • The nose looks deformed
    • The person is having difficulty breathing