It can take three weeks for a broken nose to heal. More severe fractures may take longer to heal. The goals of treatment are to manage pain and support the bone as it heals. Options may be:
- Medicine to ease swelling and pain
- Splint, tape, and gauze to keep the bone in place it heals
- Exercises to help with muscle strength and range of motion will be needed.
Putting Bones Back In Place
Some fractures cause the nose to become out of position. The nose will need to be put back into place. This may be done:
- Without surgery—anesthesia will be used to ease pain while the doctor moves the bone back into place
- With surgery—to move a bone with a severe fracture back into place
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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