Nose injury and injured skin

A cut or puncture in your skin may occur if you break your nose. The bone may come through the skin. Skin bacteria can enter at the site of a cut or puncture and lead to a serious infection, such as:

  • A skin infection (cellulitis).
  • A pus-filled pocket (abscess) just under the skin surface or deep in tissue.
  • A bone infection (osteomyelitis).
  • A sinus infection caused by injury (post-traumatic sinusitis).
  • An infection of the membranes covering the brain (meningitis).

Prompt treatment of an infection can prevent complications.

Last Updated: March 30, 2009

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