Are you worried about your Nosebleeds?
Some people may suffer from frequent nosebleeds, categorised as more than once per week, which can often be very draining and inconvenient. There are numerous possibilities for what can cause a nosebleed to start. Ranging from an injury or trauma to the nose itself, high blood pressure level, blood clotting disorders, or medications such as, blood thinners like warfarin.
If you suffer a nosebleed, you may be able to treat it yourself at home without the need for hospital treatment. First you should always sit down to avoid the possibility of fainting and hurting yourself further. Then remember to lean forward while pinching your nose just above the nostrils for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Try to breathe through your mouth. In addition, you might want to try placing a cold compress on to the top of the nose to reduce the blood flow. After you have stopped the nosebleed, you must not do the following things within a 24 hours of stopping the bleeding.
- Do not blow your nose
- Do not pick at your nose or any scabs that have formed
- Avoid drinking hot drinks or alcohol that could irritate your nose
- Avoid any strenuous activities or exercising, straining could induce another bleed
Most nosebleeds will stop on their own without the need for further treatment but if you have tried the advice listed in the previous section and you were unable to stop the bleeding, the bleeding is particularly heavy, you are currently taking blood thinning medications such as, warfarin, or you have additional unexplained symptoms of concern then you should seek medical assistance as soon as possible. It is important that you do not attempt to drive yourself to a hospital if you are suffering a heavy or prolonged nosebleed as you may be at risk of dizziness, confusion or fainting that would likely interfere with your ability to safely operate a vehicle.
- Acute sinusitis
- Aspirin use
- Bleeding disorders
- Blood thinners (anticoagulants)
- Chemical irritants
- Chronic sinusitis
- Cocaine use
- Common cold
- Deviated septum
- Dry air
- Foreign body in the nose
- Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia
- Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP)
- Nasal and paranasal tumors
- Nasal polyps
- Nasal sprays
- Nasal surgery
- Nonallergic rhinitis (chronic congestion or sneezing not related to allergies)
- Nose picking
- Trauma to the nose