First aid for broken nose

When Is a Broken Nose an Emergency?

Broken noses are a medical emergency if:

  • You cannot control bleeding.
  • You have difficulty breathing.
  • Other serious injuries are suspected, especially injuries of the spine or neck.
  • A significant amount of clear fluid is draining from the nose.
  • There are large blood clots present.
  • The tissue of the nose turns black.

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