Nasal trauma occurs after an injury to your nose and the surrounding area. Such trauma includes nosebleeds, fractures, chemical irritation, or obstruction by a foreign object. Those with nasal trauma may experience pain in the nose, swelling of the face, loss of sense of smell, disfiguration of the nose, or trouble breathing through the nose. Many times the cause of nasal trauma is due to sports injuries, falls, auto accidents, or physical assault. Treatment depends on the severity of the trauma. For minor trauma, at home care, such as an ice pack or painkillers, is recommended. For more severe trauma, surgery may be necessary.
Treatment of Foreign Bodies in Nose
Foreign bodies can be categorized as inorganic or organic. Inorganic materials typically include plastic or metal objects, whereas organic materials refer to food, rubber, wood, and sponge. Those with a foreign body in their nose may experience nasal discharge, difficulty breathing through the nose, and pain. Treatment includes blowing the nose and if that fails, having your health care provider remove the foreign body. If left untreated, the foreign body could cause a nose infection, sinus infection, nose bleed, or ear infection.
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