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I blew my nose after a contusion forcing air into my eyelid, what do I do?
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Jin Packard
Emergency Medicine
10 doctors agree
In brief: Visit ER or doctor
A person with air going into the skin after a nose bruising may have a cracked bone at the nose or sinuses.
If he has trouble moving or closing an eye, if pain is significant, or there is watery liquid dripping from the nostril, he should see a doctor right away. Otherwise, a next-day visit with his primary or ENT doctor is needed. Meanwhile, he avoids blowing his nose. Antibiotics likely needed.

In brief: Visit ER or doctor
A person with air going into the skin after a nose bruising may have a cracked bone at the nose or sinuses.
If he has trouble moving or closing an eye, if pain is significant, or there is watery liquid dripping from the nostril, he should see a doctor right away. Otherwise, a next-day visit with his primary or ENT doctor is needed. Meanwhile, he avoids blowing his nose. Antibiotics likely needed.
Jin Packard
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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Get checked out
May indicate an orbital fracture.
Let it reabsorb. Obtain orbital fine cuts imaging.

In brief: Get checked out
May indicate an orbital fracture.
Let it reabsorb. Obtain orbital fine cuts imaging.
Dr. Robert Chang
Dr. Robert Chang
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Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Sinus fracture
There must be a sinus fracture.
It should be evaluated by xrays and possibly treated or just allowed to heal. You should probably be on antibiotics, and the air should have gone quickly. Obviously, best not to blow your nose until the fracture heals.

In brief: Sinus fracture
There must be a sinus fracture.
It should be evaluated by xrays and possibly treated or just allowed to heal. You should probably be on antibiotics, and the air should have gone quickly. Obviously, best not to blow your nose until the fracture heals.
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
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Dr. Mehryar Taban
Ophthalmology
In brief: Consult physician
If the air that has gotten into your eye socket is minimal, then you just need to let it go away with time.
But if it is causing a problem, then see an ophthalmologist or oculoplastic surgeon. Definitely do not blow your nose again for first month.

In brief: Consult physician
If the air that has gotten into your eye socket is minimal, then you just need to let it go away with time.
But if it is causing a problem, then see an ophthalmologist or oculoplastic surgeon. Definitely do not blow your nose again for first month.
Dr. Mehryar Taban
Dr. Mehryar Taban
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