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Hello. I am a 21 year old male. One week ago, I was accidentally hit in the nose. I noticed that there was swelling in my right nostril. I decided to go to the wellness center here at my University in case it was a hematoma. She said it was just swollen and then the nurse practitioner came in and said the same thing. I asked if it could be a hematoma. She said it might be underneath the swelling but there is nothing to worry about. I thought hematomas required immediate medical attention and drained so no damage is done? Should I get a second opinion? Thanks


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replied December 3rd, 2009
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A8186
Thank you for your question on ehealthforum.

Any injury to face especially a direct hit on the nose can cause nasal haematoma which collects between nasal cartilage and superficial layer, Very mild and very small blood collections need monitoring, but most of them required surgical drainage as they can get infected and lead to complication like abscess and perforation of the septum.

Please consult your ENT surgeon immediately for the examination, and treatment. Thank You.


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