Nose Bleeds

The nose is an area of the body that contains many tiny blood vessels that can easily break. Nosebleeds tend to occur during winter months and in dry, cold climates. They can occur at any age but are most common in children aged 2 to 10 years and adults aged 50 to 80 years.

Nose Bleed Symptoms & Causes

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If you are exposed to dry, cold climates in the winter months the blood vessel on the nasal septum can suffer trauma and begin to bleed. Nasal and sinus infection, allergies, any type of physical trauma, and even vigorous nose blowing can also cause your nose to begin to bleed. You’ll want to treat the nosebleed at home by tipping your head forward and pinching your nostrils together to stop the bleeding. If repeated episodes of bleeding occur, you bruise easily, or have liver or kidney disease you need to see your doctor right away.

Diagnosis & Treatment

You doctor will want to ask you about your medical history and about how long the nosebleeds have been happening for. She or he may also perform a physical exam and order imaging tests depending on what your doctor feels may be the underlying cause of your symptoms.

Prevention

Prevent nosebleeds by using a humidifier in your home or saline nasal spray. Don’t pick your nose or blow your nose too hard because any added trauma on the nose may lead to nosebleeds.

Further Reading

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