Nosebleeds may be scary but in most cases, they don’t mean anything serious. They are also defined as bleeding blood vessels inside the nose.
Nosebleeds are more common than you think and this is mainly because of the location of the nose and the number of blood vessels inside the nose. This means you don’t have to be scared if your nose is bleeding.
Common Causes of Nosebleeds
There are two common causes of nose bleeding. They are nose trauma, which is usually caused by nose picking, and drying of the nasal membrane. Whatever the cause of your nose bleed is, you can ease up and relax because nose bleeding can be treated at home.
Treating Common Nosebleeds For Adults
Most of the time, treating nose bleeding can be easy and you can even do it without the need for medical instruments. Here are steps to do it:
- Tilt your head forward to keep the blood from going to your throat and sinuses. For the same reason, do not tilt your head backward. Before proceeding to the next step, you would want to spit out the blood in your mouth if there are any. It may cause nausea and vomiting.
- If there are any blood clots inside your nose, blow them out gently. This may cause a slight increase in the bleeding but it is normal.
- Pinch your nose using your thumb and index finger. Focus the pressure on the soft parts of your nose. This will immediately reduce the bleeding.
- Press the soft sides of the nose toward the bones of your face to reduce the bleeding further.
- Keep the pressure until the bleeding stops. Breathe through the mouth while doing this. You might need to repeat the previous steps until your nose stops bleeding.
- As you do the steps, sit or stand in an upright manner. This helps reduce bleeding.
- Apply an ice pack on the nose to help seal the wounds inside the nose.
- If you live in a low humidity area, apply nasal lubricant inside your nose.
Leaving it Untreated
Common nosebleeds usually disappear themselves even if you don’t do anything about it. However, healing might take a little longer and may leave you with a lot of blood in your nose, throat, mouth and even your clothing.
Chronic Nose Bleeding
If you are experiencing recurring nose bleed at least 3 times in a week, then you will need to see a doctor. Its causes include low humidity environment, health conditions that affect blood flow, tumor in the nose and sinuses, drug intake and others.
Your physician may recommend treating the condition with the use of medicine and heating instruments. You may also be required to undergo a medical examination to find other factors that caused your nose to bleed.
In some cases, patients suffering from chronic nosebleeds may have to be admitted to the hospital.
You should also seek immediate help under the following situations:
- You have swallowed lots of blood.
- Bleed hasn’t stopped for more than twenty minutes.
- The nosebleed is caused by trauma from an accident.
- You’ve lost lots of blood.
- You are experiencing heart palpitations and having difficulty breathing.
Nose Bleeding Kids Treatment
Nosebleeds are common among kids and this is mainly because young ones have more sensitive nasal membranes, which their noses prone to bleeding. If your child’s nose is bleeding, calm him down and let him know you can do something about it.
Gently pinch the soft sides of the nose and then press them towards the face and hold the pressure until the bleeding stops. As soon as the bleeding stops, apply an ice pack on your child’s nose to help close the wounds inside the nose
If your child is experiencing other problems such as vomiting, dizziness, and shortness of breath, you should take him to the nearest emergency department in your area. Also, if nose bleeding occurs frequently, have your child checked by your physician.
Nose bleeding is more common than you think. This is the reason why you shouldn’t panic when experiencing it. Nosebleeds can be treated at home. It can even be cured without you doing anything.
Chronic nosebleeds are not something to be afraid of as well. With the help of a medical professional, the condition can be cured.
We’re hoping that this has helped in some way. If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section and we will be more than happy to help you out as much as we can.
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All the best,
Jacy and Ryan (TMD Team)