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Nose Bruise Symptoms

Even a minor injury to the nose can be quite painful. It can lead to considerable bruising of the nose area and one or both eyes. The pain, as uncomfortable or tear-inducing as it might be, does serve a purpose. Because this is an important sensory area of the body and involves the sense of smell (nose) and the sense of sight (eyes,) the discomfort will force you to be extra protective of the injury while it heals. A bruise on the nose is also called a nasal contusion.


  • Bleeding: It is very common for even a minor nose injury to cause bleeding from one or both nostrils. To help it remain sensitive to smells, the nose has an extensive blood supply that is close to the surface and therefore it bleeds readily.
  • Swelling: This can happen with or without a fracture.
  • Bruising: This occurs when blood vessels are damaged by the injury and are bleeding under the skin.
  • Pain: The face and its sensory organs are well supplied with nerve endings and any injury can cause quite a bit of discomfort.

Duration of nose bruise symptoms:

  • Bleeding should not last for more than a few minutes once pressure and a cold pack are applied.
  • Swelling should go down in less than a week.
  • Bruising may take 10 to 14 days to clear.

Who is most often affected by nose bruise symptoms?

  • Anyone playing sports is vulnerable to a blow to the face, either from another player or from a thrown ball or other moving object.
  • Elderly people, and anyone taking blood thinners, are more easily bruised.

When are nose bruise symptoms most likely to occur?

  • Bruising of the nose and eyes is often a sports injury.
  • It is also common in anyone prone to falls.
  • If you get involved in a physical fight, a bruised or broken nose is a very likely outcome.
  • Rhinoplasty, or a "nose job," will cause dark bruising to the eyes and nose.
  • Getting a nose piercing will also cause bruising.

Are nose bruise symptoms serious?

  • Nose bruising in itself is not serious and will fade, but it can be a symptom of other conditions. Easy bruising that is not caused by an injury and spontaneously appears in many places on the body, not just the nose, can be a sign of a blood or clotting disorder.
  • Bruising along with bleeding and a pus-like discharge from the nose can indicate that there may be an infection following the injury.
  • Bruising with prolonged pain and swelling may be a sign that a fracture and/or a concussion also occurred at the time of the injury, and both of these conditions should be treated right away.

Nose Bruise Causes Overview

Most common nose bruise cause types:

  • Sports injuries.
  • Falls / fights
  • Automobile accidents.

Less common nose bruise cause types:

  • Rhinoplasty.
  • Nose piercing.

Rare and unusual nose bruise cause types:

  • A skull fracture can cause bruising around the eyes and nose even when there has not been an injury to the face.

A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Nose Bruise

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced nose bruise. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Non - Specific Nasal Injury

    Nasal injuries are very common due to the position of the nose on the face. While fragile, many injuries to the nose are not actually fractures.

    Great prognosis with full recovery in a few days

    Top Symptoms:
    constant nose pain, nose pain caused by trauma, swollen nose, nose bruise, bloody nose after being hit in the nose
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific nasal injury:
    nose pain caused by trauma, constant nose pain
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Broken Nose

    Nasal fractures are common occurrences. The force needed to break the nasal bones is less than any of the other bones of the face because of their thinness and position. For kids, treatment and diagnosis is different because of the bones may not be fully formed.

    With treatment, return to normal breathing and looks is highly likely.

    Top Symptoms:
    mouth breathing, constant nose pain, swollen nose, nose pain caused by trauma, nose bruise
    Symptoms that always occur with broken nose:
    nose pain caused by trauma, swollen nose, constant nose pain
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Iatrogenic Nose Condition

    Surgery of the nose or nose piercing can result in side effects ranging from infection, pain and swelling to numbness and decreased sense of smell.

    Depending on type of complication

    Top Symptoms:
    nose pain, bloody nose, bump in or on the nose, nose redness, swollen nose
    Phone call or in-person visit

Nose Bruise Treatments and Relief

Seek immediate nose bruise treatment in the emergency room or call 911 if:

  • You have difficulty breathing through the injured nose.
  • You suspect that the nose may be fractured.
  • You have bruising around the eyes and nose following a head injury but were not struck in the face. This can be a sign of a skull fracture.
  • You have a nosebleed that does not stop, even after applying gentle pressure and an ice pack or cold pack.
  • You were unconscious following the injury.
  • The vision is affected, and you are either seeing double or your vision is blurred.
  • You suspect there is a foreign body within the nose, following an accident. Children will sometimes insert an object into their noses and can't get it out again.
  • You have an open wound on the nose in addition to the bruising.
  • The nose looks crooked or deformed, and not just swollen.
  • You are unable to breathe through the nose.

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  • You have symptoms of concussion: nausea and vomiting, headache, dizziness, confusion, and feeling faint.
  • Ongoing pain, bruising, swelling, or deformity that does not heal within a few days.
  • Fever along with the injury.
  • A yellowish, pus-like discharge from the injured nose.

Nose bruise remedies that you can try at home:

  • Ice packs, or cold packs, can help reduce swelling, pain, and bruising.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or other NSAIDs.
  • Try not to blow the nose for at least a couple of days after the injury so that the injured tissues can heal.
  • Avoid drinking hot liquids, or alcohol, for a couple of days. These can dilate the blood vessels within the nose and promote bleeding of the injured tissue.
  • Do not lift any heavy weights if you have severe bruising around the eyes and/or nose, as it may cause further pooling of blood in the injured areas.
  • Sleep propped up on pillows, or with the head of the bed raised.

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Nose Bruise

  • Q.Do you have any body piercings?
  • Q.Have you ever had any surgeries?
  • Q.Were you struck in the nose?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?

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Nose Bruise Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced nose bruise have also experienced:

    • 12% Swollen Nose
    • 11% Nose Pain
    • 7% Congestion
  • People who have experienced nose bruise had symptoms persist for:

    • 44% Less Than a Week
    • 41% Less Than a Day
    • 8% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced nose bruise were most often matched with:

    • 50% Broken Nose
    • 33% Non - Specific Nasal Injury
    • 16% Iatrogenic Nose Condition
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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