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An ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT) is a physician trained in the medical and surgical treatment of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. They have special expertise in managing diseases of the ears, nose and nasal passage sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. ENT is the oldest medical specialty in the United States.

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Nose Bleeding

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.

Preventing Nosebleeds

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

ent-doctor-michael-burnett-mdMost 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.

What Causes Recurring Nose Bleeds?

Getting a nose bleed every once in a while is perfectly normal, but when they occur frequently there might be reason for you to visit an ENT. When a nose bleed comes, it is usually fast, hard and messy. Thankfully, nose bleeds almost always stop as quickly as they start. If nose bleeds are occurring several times a week you should be checked out by a doctor right away. Here are some of the main reasons behind recurring nose bleeds.

Excessive Nose Picking

Strangely enough, picking your nose can lead to recurring nose bleeds. For some people, nose picking is a pathological and involuntary behavior. Others will even ‘pick’ their noses with q-tips in an attempt to keep them cleaned out. Blowing your nose is the safest way to eliminate mucus and keep your nose tidy. Even then, you should be careful about the pressure that you apply to your nose.

Nasal Passageway Dryness

In the winter, recurring nose bleeds become more common in some people simply because the air is drier. When the inside of your nose dries out, it is more susceptible to cracking and bleeding. You can try nasal irrigation as a means of keeping your nasal passageways moist and healthy. Humidifiers are also good for helping to combat dry air and nose bleeds during the winter months.
Inability to Clot Blood

If your nose bleeds frequently and it takes a long time for it to stop, you might have blood clotting issues. Some blood disorders such as hemophilia can make something as innocuous as a nose bleed potentially deadly. Try gently pinching your nose and tilting your head back to see if that slows the bleeding. If it doesn’t you may need to see if you are having issues with nose bleeds or if you are experiencing a symptom of something larger.

Cancer and Leukemia

Frequent nose bleeds have been directly linked to the early stages of some types of cancer and leukemia. Nose bleeds are not meant to occur on a regular basis. Because there are sometimes very few signs attached to cancer, you should consult with your primary care physician to learn why you are having recurring nose bleeds.

When a nose bleed starts and stops suddenly, you may become alarmed. It is only when the same thing happens repeatedly within a short space that you should become concerned. For help diagnosing the cause of your nose bleeds, visit the best ENT doctor in NYC to make an appointment today.

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