Glee’s Dianna Agron Breaks Nose- For the Second Time!

“OMG! Did you hear that Quinn broke her nose?”

Glee fans would know that this imaginary text message refers to McKinley High School cheerleader Quinn Fabray, played in real life by actress Dianna Agron. And although Quinn may not have really broken her nose, Dianna has, twice! According to StarPulse.com, the actress broke her nose at age 13, at her very first dance:

“I had convinced my mom to let me go to my first party. I was able to be there for an hour with two of my friends… (But) it accidentally turned into an argument. And instead of the girl punching the guy, she wound up to the side and punched me… (There was) blood everywhere.”

However Dianna was too afraid she’d be grounded forever, so she never told her mother or saw a physician. Fast forward to about a year ago, when Argon saw a doctor because of breathing troubles she was having:

Everything was getting really nasally and I went to a doctor. He said, ‘When did you break your nose? You have a horrible deviated septum.’

Unfortunately, surgery wasn’t an option at that time because she was in the middle of shooting Glee, so it was put off…

This summer, Agron and fellow “Gleeks” have been touring the country with their Glee Live! Tour, and she injured her nose again.

 “We were in the middle of doing this concert tour and we had gotten into New York and we had a day off the next day. So I met some of my friends out and we were dancing. And there was a collision of sorts – again… It’s fixed now!”

A nasal fracture, commonly referred to as a broken nose, is a fracture of the bone or cartilage of the nose caused by trauma to the face. Nasal fractures are the most common fracture of the face, most likely because of the way the nose sticks out from the face and its structures are delicate. The nose is supported by cartilage (in the front) and bone (on the back and bridge).

Symptoms of a nasal fracture include pain, blood coming from the nose, bruising around the eyes, crooked appearance, swelling, and difficulty breathing through the nose. Treatment depends on the severity of the injury: If there is little deformity, applying ice packs and oral pain medications may be all that is necessary. If there is a  nasal deformity, a physician may try a closed reduction– a nonsurgical procedure of realignment using instruments introduced in through the nose. This must be done within 10 days of an injury. If the deformity is severe, or if the injury is older, surgical treatment, called a rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nosejob” is necessary.

A nasal fracture may cause a deviated septum, a condition that occurs when the thin wall dividing the two sides of your nose (nasal septum) is displaced to one side, narrowing your nasal passage on one side. Medications, such as decongestants and antihistamines, can help you manage a deviated septum; surgery is required to correct the condition.

Any of you ever break anything at a party? I’m not talking furniture or lamps either!

Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.

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