Question: I was in a bit of an altercation and my nose was hurt as a result. It is painful and swollen. How can I tell if it is broken?Answer:Chances are, if the nose is excessively bruised and swollen, there is probably a good chance that it is broken. However, that does not mean anything was displaced as a result. It will take up to ten days for the swelling to go down completely, and the bruising to heal, before you can assess the overall damage. If you notice a deviation in the nose's integrity, consult with a plastic surgeon to discuss your options. He or she may be able to perform a closed reduction surgery to return you back to pre-injury status. Be patient and assess the damage after more time has passed. Good luck.