Difficulty inhaling through nostril, is it a deviated septum from nasal fracture?

On Monday, Nov 20th, I woke up and stood up out of bed to stretch. The next thing I remember is waking up on the floor. I typically run slightly hypotensive and must’ve created some kind of pressure change internally during the stretch. I fainted and fell onto the floor. Thankfully, I did not lose consciousness after hitting the floor and was not alone. My nose, although extremely painful and lacerated, was not deformed. My bf (an EMT) and I (nursing student) assessed the situation and deemed it necessary to seek medical attention at the time (4hr drive away from vacation location). Within a few hours, nasal swelling and facial bruising around and under the eyes became apparent. Although the pain has slightly subsided 6 days later, and the bruising is less, I am now experiencing difficulty inhaling through one of my nares. I am wondering if this is from internal swelling from the trauma done to the soft tissue or if I may have a deviated septum without an external deformity from an unconfirmed nasal fracture?

Age: 28
Medications: Multi-vitamin daily, 220mg venlafaxine daily
General Information: Past Medical Hx:
Major depressive disorder (controled)
No Smoking
No drinking
No illicit drug use
Other Symptoms:bouts of dizziness (sitting and standing)
Headache, nasal pain, difficulty breathing through R nare

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Ayman Darrag
5:11 pm

In my opinion you may be having nasal septal defect that has shown up by this injury anyway to be sure it is better to get a CT done .
I do not think the swelling alone can cause this breathing difficulty.

Ahmed Fawzy
5:21 pm

My opinion this is a nasal septal undisplaced fracture , I recommend CT scan to make sure it is undisplaced otherwise you will need surgical repair
Good Luck

Dr.Honey Arora
6:05 pm

It looks like nasal septum defect caused due to injury..
So an x ray or CT scan should be done for confirmation..


Arti Sharma
1:46 am

Hi since there’s history of injury /trauma it seems your symptoms are related to it.Get a Ct scan done to detect the appropriate cause.Get back with test results. Take care!