Whether you get the occasional nosebleed during the winter months or you deal with chronic bleeding regularly, suffering from a bloody nose is uncomfortable and inconvenient. Many different issues can cause nosebleeds. Because nosebleeds aren’t usually painful, it can be difficult to tell when the issue is bad enough to consult a doctor. Read on to learn more about this condition and when you should seek help.
What Causes Nosebleeds?
There are two different types of nosebleeds and each has its own causes. Anterior nosebleeds are most common and occur in the front of the nose. They occur when the thin blood vessels in your nose become irritated due to dry air, exposure to smoke, allergies, or minor traumas like nose picking. Anterior nosebleeds don’t usually require medical attention as the bleeding usually stops on its own. If you experience this type of nosebleed, sit up straight, remain calm, and use a tissue to absorb the blood. You may also find that gently blowing your nose or pinching the bridge of your nose helps the bleeding to stop sooner.
Posterior nosebleeds are less common and but more serious. These nosebleeds occur high in the nose or septum and the patient will experience blood flowing down the back of their throat as well as out their nose. A variety of things can cause posterior nosebleeds, ranging from simple issues like allergies to complex problems like tumors or bleeding disorders. Home treatment for posterior nosebleeds is similar to anterior nosebleeds. However, if you are experiencing this type of bleed it’s important to make a doctor’s appointment right away.
There are numerous home remedies you can try to prevent nosebleeds before they start. If you suspect your nosebleeds are the result of allergies or dryness, try a saline nasal spray. These sprays can be purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a doctor. You can also make a simple saline rinse at home with table salt and lukewarm water. Using a humidifier is another simple and effective way to keep the nasal passages from drying out.
If you suffer from nosebleeds, take small steps in your daily life to avoid triggering them. Keep your mouth open while sneezing to avoid excess nasal pressure, and avoid putting objects like fingers or q-tips in your nose. Also, be aware that secondhand smoke can trigger nosebleeds, so limit your exposure to smoke.
How a Doctor Can Help
Most nosebleeds are painless and caused by an easily treatable problem. Don’t panic if you suffer from the occasional nosebleed, especially if you can easily identify its cause and do not feel dizzy due to loss of blood. However, there are times when nosebleeds require prompt medical attention. If you have experienced trauma, feel weak or dizzy due to blood loss, or have a nosebleed that does not stop, see a professional. Your doctor can create a treatment plan for your specific situation.
If you suffer from nosebleeds, help is available.
Contact Dr. Michael Burnett at 212-867-4813 to schedule an ENT appointment today.