Facing the Facts: Nose Injuries and Sinusitis

When the Nose Breaks

A broken nose is the most common facial fracture because the bones in the area are frail and there are many blood vessels close to the skin. The symptoms of a broken nose, per Mayo Clinic, are pretty obvious:

  • Bleeding from your nose
  • Bruising around your nose or eyes
  • Crooked or misshapen nose
  • Difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Discharge of mucus from your nose
  • Feeling that one or both of your nasal passages are blocked
  • Pain or tenderness, especially when touching your nose
  • Swelling of your nose and surrounding areas

Many of these symptoms are very similar to those of sinusitis so it’s clear to see how one condition can lead to the other if the break goes untreated. Even if the break heals on its own or the nose is fixed, the nasal passages and sinus cavities can continue to have problems.

The Straight Truth About Deviated Symptoms

Deviated septum is another condition that can cause sinusitis. The septum is the thin wall that separates the nasal passages and when it’s crooked, the size of the nasal passages become uneven. While the deviation can be caused by trauma, it is often present at birth. In fact, many people live their entire lives without symptoms and never even know they have deviated septums. Others choose to live with their symptoms, which can include:

  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Headache
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Noisy breathing, especially while sleeping
  • Nosebleeds
  • Post-nasal drips

The question here is: Why live with a deviated septum if you don’t have to?

We Know How to Treat Your Nose

Broken noses require immediate medical attention at the ER. That said, once your fracture heals, CT Sinus Center can help with the leftover sinus issues. We can also help with the symptoms caused by a deviated symptom whenever you are ready.

To learn more about what we can do for you, call 860-BALLOON and schedule a consultation with our expert physicians. When you come in, we’ll discuss your symptoms and medical history before doing anything else. Next we’ll perform a thorough series of tests to figure out the root of your problem to find the perfect solution for you and your lifestyle. Among other treatments, you may be a candidate for balloon sinuplasty, a noninvasive, in-house procedure done with local anesthesia, that can having your breathing through your nose freely in no time.

Make an appointment at one of four conveniently-located offices – Kent and Waterbury – and leave with relief written all over your face.

For additional information on sinus-related conditions or treatments, read more about CT Sinus Center and take a look at our blog.

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