Nose Bleed


Ear Nose | Otorhinolaryngology | Nose Bleed (Symptom)


Description

The nose is a body part that is rich in blood vessels (vascular) and placed in a vulnerable position in the face. As a result, any trauma to the face can cause bleeding which may be extreme. Nosebleeds can occur spontaneously when the nasal membranes dry out, crust, and crack, as is common in dry climates or during the winter months when the air is dry and warm from household heaters.

Causes

People are more susceptible if they are taking medications which prevent normal blood clotting or anti-inflammatory medication. Other predisposing factors include infection, trauma, and non-allergic rhinitis, hypertension, alcohol abuse, and inherited bleeding problems.

Diagnosis and Treatment

There are several ways to stop nose bleeding, some of them may include: sitting down in a chair and lean forward, so the chin is above the left side of the chest; pressing the thumb gently against the nostril that is bleeding; holding the nose for at least five minutes and gently lifting the thumb from the nostril to check if the nose is still bleeding.

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