broken nose, also called a nasal fracture, is a common injury that involves a break or crack in a bone in your nose. It can be caused from involvement in contact sports, physical fights, car accidents, or others that may result in a blow to the face. A broken nose can cause pain, swelling and bruising around the nose or under the eyes. It may take up to 2-3 weeks to heel and can often be treated at home.


The most common symptoms for a broken nose include:

  • Pain or sensitivity when touching the nose
  • Swelling and tenderness around the area
  • Nosebleeds
  • Bruising around the nose and under the eyes
  • Deformity
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose


Possible causes for a broken nose may include:

  • Sporting injuries
  • Physical fights
  • Car accidents
  • Falls

Risk Factors 

A few activities that may pose an increased risk to sustaining a broken nose may include:

  • Riding a bike or playing sports such as football and hockey without protective gear
  • Getting involved in a physical fight
  • Weight lifting
  • Riding in a car without a seat belt


Complications of a broken nose may include:

  • Septal hematoma: Blood clogging of the nostrils
  • Deviated septum: Displacement of the wall between the nostrils
  • Cartilage fracture
  • Neck injury


A few recommendations for preventing an unexpected nose injury may include:

  • Wearing protective gear when riding a bike or playing sports
  • Wearing a seat belt when driving a car