A 16-year-old male asked:
after rubbing my nose alot, skin on upper nose feels slightly swollen(not noticeable by looking). some tenderness, but bone feels stable. nose broken?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Georgia Latham answered
34 years experience Family Medicine
Skin irritation: Rubbing one's nose should not cause a fracture (broken nose). It usually requires a fairly hard hit on the nose or nasal bridge to cause a fracture. What you are describing sounds like skin irritation and some minimal trauma from the rubbing. It may also be due to whatever is causing you to rub your nose so much.
Answered on Jan 17, 2015
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