Caring for your nose at home

You can often manage your broken nose at home by following the advice below:

  • Hold an ice pack (frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel will also work) to the nose for 10-15 minutes every few hours for the first couple of days.
  • If your nose is bleeding, pinch the soft partof your nose just above your nostrils for 10-15 minutes to stop the bleeding.Lean your head forward to prevent blood trickling down your throat.
  • Take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve the pain.
  • Prop your head up in bed by sleeping on a few pillows to help reduce the swelling.

If your nose looks deformed,don't attempt to straighten it yourself. See your GP for advice.

If your nose looksstraight and your symptoms start to improve after a few days, you may not need to seek medical advice.

In these cases, you should avoid wearing glasses until the swelling has gone down and you should try not to pick or blow your nose until it's healed.Avoid strenuous activities for at least two weeks and avoid contact sports for at least six weeks.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018