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1 week ago in the middle of the night I walked into a door I did not see because it was so dark. My nose was hit and hurt, but not so bad that I didn't fall back asleep after using the restroom.

The next morning I thought my nose looked swollen but was not sure. There was never any blood. After about three days I was sure my nose was swollen with very, very slight bruising under my eyes. It just looked like I was tired and had shadows or "bags" under my eyes.
The swelling continued and I put bags of frozen peas on my nose. I started to notice that a small bump that I had always had on my nose looks more pronounced and more on the right side of my nose-- which may be more swollen. I notice that deep under my nose skin there appears to be subtle bruising in the areas where it is swollen. There is mild soreness. Cartilage and bone do not seem to be loose or moving.

Now that 7 days have passed will my nose return to normal soon? Is this normal for a nose to take so long to heal?


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replied August 13th, 2010
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A15250
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the soft tissue nasal injury.
Soft tissue swelling of the nose indicates hematoma, fractured nasal bones and/or cartilages, or both. Intranasal inspection with a nasal speculum may reveal a deviated septum, a septal hematoma, or cerebrospinal fluid leakage. If a septal hematoma is suspected, it might need aspiration with an 18- or 20-gauge needle; an incision and drainage procedure might be required if the hematoma is confirmed. If the hematoma is missed and untreated, chondromalacia of the nasal cartilages may develop and become what is known as a saddle-nose deformity.
You must consult ENT specialist if nasal injury is taking too long to heal for definitive diagnosis as the same is not possible online.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.



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