NOSE BLEED Having a nose bleed or watching someone else bleed from the nose can be a scary experience, especially if it comes on all of a sudden without warning or reason. A common cause of a nose bleed is if the nose has taken a knock. Trauma to the nose such like a punch in the face or walking into a door are likely common causes. Blood is usually expected when something like this happens, however, not always the case even if the nose has been broken.

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Bleeding from the nose is usually the outcome of tiny blood vessels inside the nostrils rupturing. Aside from a knock, actions like sneezing, picking your nose and even blowing into a hankie can cause blood vessels to rupture. Constant irritation from a common cold can cause a nosebleed. If there is a serious amount of blood loss from the nose then this can be dangerous. Seek medical advice if bleeding occurs after a head trauma or if blood appears runny and watery, because this can be a worrying sign. Such like the skull could be fractured and fluid is leaking from around the brain. (not in all cases) If you haven’t a head injury or other to blame for the bleeding and certain it is a non serious nose bleed then stay calm.

How to stop blood flow from a nose bleed.

Sit upright.

Tilting your head back to far can cause you to swallow blood so instead lean the head forward.

Pinch the soft part of your nose just above the nostrils together with your thumb and forefinger for at least 10 minutes.

Swill mouth with water and spit out blood that may have gathered as swallowing can cause vomiting.

After bleeding has stopped try not to sneeze or blow your nose for at least 24 hours.

Exposure to dry air can contribute to the problem. Adding moisture to the air with a humidifier or vaporiser in a heated house will help keep the nose from drying out and triggering off further nose bleeds. You can also try placing a pot filled with water near a heat source such as a radiator, which allows the water to evaporate and add moisture to the air.

You may not be aware but most nose bleeds generally occur during the cold winter months in dry climates. If you are prone to nose bleeds then it is essential you consider buying a humidifier to help control the problem. Petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or a saline nasal spray is effective for keeping nasal passages moist.

If you are tempted to pick your nose or scratch it on the inside then avoid vigorous movement.

If the nose bleed has you concerned and possibly related to another medical condition such as liver disease or a chronic sinus condition seek a doctors advice and follow it.

Avoid tobacco products because smoking cigarettes can cause nasal dryness and irritation.

Like it is with all conditions you find concerning, don’t hesitate to see a doctor. Worry brings stress which can make whatever you are concerned about all the more worrying.

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