Nose Bleeds

Nosebleeds are a common occurrence and can be caused by various factors.

Nose Bleeds

Nosebleeds are a common occurrence and can be caused by various factors.

What are Nose Bleeds?

Epistaxis is the medical term for a nosebleed. It occurs when the blood vessels in the nose rupture and bleed. Nosebleeds can be categorized into two types:

Anterior Nosebleeds

The most common type, originating from blood vessels in the front of the nose. Usually, the bleeding can be stopped with simple home remedies and pressure applied to the nostrils. Frequent hydration with saline and vaseline is recommended.

Posterior Nosebleeds

Less common but more severe. These occur from blood vessels originating from within the nose. These may require more urgent medical attention, as they can be harder to control and may lead to more significant blood loss.

Causes of Nosebleeds

There are numerous potential causes for nosebleeds, including:

  • Dry air
  • Nasal irritation, such as picking the nose
  • Allergies
  • Trauma
  • Underlying health conditions that affect blood clotting.
  • Blood thinners – Aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin, Eliquis, herbal supplements, and more.

When to Seek Medical Attention

While most nosebleeds can be managed at home, it’s essential to see a doctor if:

  • The bleeding lasts for more than 20 minutes despite trying to stop it.
  • The nosebleed was caused by a traumatic injury, like a fall or a blow to the face.
  • You experience frequent nosebleeds.
  • You have additional symptoms like unexplained bruising, frequent bleeding from other areas, or signs of an underlying health condition.

Treatment Options May Include:

Control of Nosebleeds

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