Nosebleeds – Cause for Concern?

04/15/2016

nosebleedA bloody nose can be disconcerting, especially because it comes on without warning. If you’ve had a bloody nose (and most people have), you may ask yourself why it happens. The main causes of nose bleeds are:

  • An injury to your nasal tissue, typically from a cold or allergies
  • Very dry nasal tissue
  • Blowing or rubbing your nose too hard
  • Bumping your nose
  • Putting an object in your nose
  • A tumor in your nose and/or sinuses

If you have any of the following conditions, you may be more prone to getting a nosebleed:

  • Living in a dry climate
  • An abnormal structure of your nose
  • Allergies, colds or sinusitis
  • Atypical blood vessels in your nose
  • Taking blood-thinning medicine like aspirin
  • High blood pressure

The next time you get a bloody nose, take care by doing the following:

  • Stay calm. Rest assured that most nose bleeds last about 15 minutes before subsiding on their own.
  • Sit up. This will prevent the blood from being swallowed and promote drainage. Leaning forward while sitting up helps this along as well.
  • Pinch your nose. Use your thumb and index finger to gently apply pressure to the soft parts of your nose, pinching your nose together for at least five minutes.
  • Don’t strain yourself. Bending or lifting can exacerbate the nose bleed.
  • Avoid picking. Once the nose bleed stops, don’t pick or blow your nose, which can make it start bleeding again.

When to Call Your Doctor
As mentioned before, most nose bleeds will subside on their own after a short period of time. But it’s important to call your doctor is there is a lot of blood or the bleeding will not stop. It’s also recommended if the nose bleed is caused by an injury. And if you experience frequent nosebleeds, it could be a sign of a more serious condition. Together, you and your doctor can determine the cause of your nose bleeds and the treatment option that’s best for you.

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