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Nose Bleeds

Information about Nose Bleeds

We Have to Know about the Nose Bleeds                                         

  • Loss of blood from the tissue lining the nose
  • Bleeding most commonly occurs in one nostril only
  • Nosebleeds are common, especially in winter.

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions ?

  •    Is the bleeding continuing for more than 20 minutes?
  • Is there a head injury preceding the nose bleed?

First Aid          

To stop a nosebleed:

  • Sit and lean forwards to prevent blood from running down your throat.
  • Firmly pinch the soft part of your nose, just below the bridge, for five minutes while breathing through the mouth.
  • If bleeding does not stop, hold the position for a further 10 minutes.
  • Apply cold compresses or ice across the bridge of the nose
  • Try not to blow or pick your nose for 24 hours afterwards.
  • If you feel the need to sneeze, do so with your mouth open.
  • Sleep with your head elevated and avoid exercise for a day after the nosebleed.

Causes of Nose Bleeds         

  • Minor irritations or colds
  • Nasal allergies
  • Sinusitis
  • Nose picking
  • Injury to the nose
  • Object stuck in the nose
  • Rarely due to
  • Bleeding disorders or hypertension
  • Forceful nose-blowing
  • Dry climate
  • High altitude

Do’s and Don’ts – Nose Bleeds          

  • Avoid sniffing or blowing the nose
  • Do not pack the inside of the nose with gauze

Signs & Symptoms Nose Bleeds             

When to seek medical advice for Nose Bleeds                    

  • If the bleeding  is not controlled within one hour
  • if bleeding is the result of a head injury, if you feel faint or weak, if nosebleeds happen frequently (especially in children), if you are taking blood-thinning medication or if you bruise easily.

Risk factors of Nose Bleeds  

Treatment for Nose Bleeds   

  • Generally self-limiting and stops on its own
  • Application of ice packs over the nose for 15 minutes
  • Medicines of it is due to conditions like high blood pressure

Self-care for Nose Bleeds     

  • To prevent nosebleeds, humidify the room.
  • Rub Vaseline inside your nostrils a few times a day.
  • Saline nose drops are also useful.

Investigations for Nose Bleeds          

  • Lab tests
  • Nasal endoscopy
  • x-ray of the skull
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