Nosebleeds are common for some people. Typically, a nosebleed occurs when the membranes inside your nostrils become irritated and inflamed.
A person can suffer from two different types of nosebleeds, which include:
- Anterior – This comes from the front of the nose. It happens when the tiny blood vessels in your nose break, often due to dry air.
- Posterior – This happens higher up in the nose and often flows back down through the throat. This type of nosebleed is much less common and sometimes requires a physician’s assessment and diagnosis.
Why Do You Get Nosebleeds?
A person’s nose can bleed for a variety of reasons. While some people get nosebleeds more often than others, it is often because of:
- Nasal Infections
- Dry Air
- Blowing or Picking the Nose
- Blood Clotting Disorders
- Medication Side Effects
- Hereditary Problems
If you have a nosebleed after an injury to the face or head, then you may have a serious condition. Contact a physician or visit the emergency room right away to have an assessment.
Got a Nosebleed? How to Take Care of it at Home
Nosebleeds are not always an emergency situation. If you have a simple nosebleed at home, there are things you can do to stop it. This includes:
- Sitting down and then leaning forward. This will prevent the blood from draining back into your throat.
- Squeeze the nostrils gently for five minutes.
- Use an ice pack or cold pack on the bridge of your nose to help encourage clotting.
- After five minutes, see if the nose has stopped bleeding.
- Gently blow your nose in attempt to remove any clotted blood inside.
- If your nose is bleeding after five minutes, then try a nasal decongestant to help close off vessels.
- Try squeezing and icing for another 10 minutes.
If your nose continues to bleed after 15 minutes, then seek medical attention.
Can You Prevent a Nosebleed?
While not all nosebleeds are preventable, certain behaviors increase the likelihood you will have one. If you or your child suffers from frequent nosebleeds, there are things you can do to prevent them in the future, including:
- Stop smoking
- Do not pick or violently blow your nose
- Use saline nasal sprays to prevent dryness
- Use a humidifier inside when the air outside is dry
Got Frequent Nosebleeds? See an ENT
Frequent nosebleeds may require medical attention. If you or your child suffers from nosebleeds once a week, then you should visit an ENT to make sure there is not something more serious going on. Dr. Light can help diagnose the cause of your nosebleeds. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.