More than half of the population has experienced nose bleeds (otherwise known as epistaxis) at some time in their lives. They are rarely serious and are generally caused by dry air irritating the nasal membranes. Colds, sinus infections, and upper respiratory infections can also irritate the lining of the nose from repeated nose-blowing.
How to treat nose bleeds
- Pinch the fleshy tip of the nose for approximately 10 to 15 minutes while sitting forward, not leaning back like the old wives tale.
- Don’t blow or pick your nose.
- Avoid drinking hot drink or taking hot showers; steam inhalation can cause vasodilation and increased blood flow within the nose.
- Avoid heavy lifting or straining, which increases blood pressure.
- If the bleeding lasts longer than 15 minutes, call your doctor or visit an emergency care.
- For those on anticoagulants, during a serious bleeding episode, medical attention should be sought right away.
If you suffer from chronic nosebleeds, sinus infections, snoring, allergies, loss of smell, nasal obstruction, or other ears, nose and throat issues call Dr. Theodore H. Gaylor, ENT doctor today to set an appointment.
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