Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Nose Tenderness Overview

What is nose tenderness?
A person with nose tenderness has nose pain when pressure is applied to the nose. Nose tenderness is usually caused by inflammation or infection, such as sinusitis or facial cellulitis. A nasal bone fracture is also a common cause for nose tenderness.

What are the symptoms of nose tenderness?
Symptoms that occur with nose tenderness include facial pain, facial swelling, facial tenderness, eye pain, eye redness, sinus headache, nosebleed, nasal congestion, and runny nose.

How does the doctor treat nose tenderness?
The treatment for nose tenderness depends on the underlying cause. General treatment for nose tenderness may include cold compresses, decongestants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain, or antibiotics for infection. Additional treatment for a nose injury may include surgery to realign a nasal bone fracture.

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