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Saturday, October 15, 2011

How To Stop Nose Bleed

The condition of nose bleed is common and occurs often in children. People who consume large amounts of alcohol or take anticoagulants (drugs that prevent clotting) are also prone to nose bleeds. Most types of nosebleed can easily be treated at home but some may be symptoms of serious underlying diseases (example high blood pressure, dengue hemorrhage level).

Bleeding from one or both nostrils.

Common cause
- Damage to the delicate blood vessels in the nose resulting in rupture due to:
  • Blowing, picking, or rubbing the nose, and sneezing too frequently.
  • Injury (example a hard impact on the nose).
  • Breathing very dry air.
- Nasal or sinus infection, which makes the nasal mucous membrane even more fragile.
- Dilated blood vessels (example in alcoholics) in the nose, which are more prone to bleeding.
- Certain drugs (example anticoagulants, aspirin), which cause spontaneous bleeding.

What you can do
Take the following step:
  1. Sit down and lean forward slightly. This prevents blood from running down the throat, and any clots from blocking the air passages.
  2. Pinch the lower part of the nostrils just below the bony part of the nose for 10 minutes while breathing through the mouth.
  3. Release the nostrils slowly. If bleeding continues, repeat the procedure.
  4. After the bleeding has stopped, do not touch or blow the nose for about 24 hours. Do not pack the affected nostril with cotton or gauze unless you are adept at it, as you could further damage the blood vessels.
  5. Go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital if the bleeding does not stop after applying the recommended procedure; if plenty of blood has been lost (about 250 cc); or if there is pain and severe swelling, as the nose could be broken.
  6. Consult a doctor if the nosebleed frequently recurs.

  • If you get a lot of nose bleeds, talk to your doctor.
  • To prevent problems in the future, raise the humidity level in your living quarters by using a humidifier. Most nosebleeds occur when nasal blood vessels become dry and cracked.
  • Use diluted eucalyptus oil (one drop oil to one quart/ 4 cups water) as a preventative measure to moisten the nasal membranes. Apply with a cotton bud one to three times per day.
  • Avoid eating dry, deep fried, baked or crispy foods.


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