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Know Your Nosebleeds


Frequent nosebleeds can be annoying and messy, and we’ve probably all had one at least once. WebMD explains that nosebleeds often occur during the winter and in dry, cold climates, and while they can happen to people at any age, they are most common for children aged 2 to 10 and adults aged 50 to  80.

The medical name for a nosebleed is epistaxis, and it can be one of two types:

  • Anterior, the most common, comes from the front of the nose and is usually easy to control.
  • Posterior, which only accounts for about 10% of nosebleeds, occurs more often in the elderly. This type of nosebleed usually comes from an artery in the back of the nose and causes the blood to drop down the throat. It is much more complicated to treat.

The two most common causes of nosebleeds are dry air and nose picking. Other causes include colds and allergies, deviated septums, minor injuries, certain medications and exposed blood vessels in the nose. (For a complete list, visit Mayo Clinic’s website.)

When most of us get a nosebleed, we can self-treat and go on with our day. However, if you are experiencing any of the following scenarios, seek immediate medical attention:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Bleeding doesn’t stop after 20 minutes with compression
  • Injury to the nose
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Fever, rash or pain

For minor nosebleeds, treatment is as simple as sitting up straight and pinching your nostrils for 10 minutes. WebMD also suggests applying ice to your nose and cheeks to constrict the blood vessels, which can help stop the bleeding. To help prevent nosebleeds altogether, you can use saline nose drops, a humidifier or a common vaporizer daily to help keep the inner nose moisturized.

Frequent nosebleeds that don’t require immediate care may still signify an underlying medical condition. However, even if there is no serious hidden illness, nosebleeds are uncomfortable and inconvenient. So if you suffer from frequent occurrences and want to put an end to them, schedule an appointment with us at Westwood Ear, Nose and Throat. Our expert physicians take a “patient-centered” approach and will sit down with you to address the underlying causes, prevention methods, and permanent treatment options for frequent nosebleeds, including cauterization, an effective treatment for chronic occurrences that involves closing off an exposed blood vessel with an electrical device to prevent bleeding.

When you are ready to say goodbye to frequent nosebleeds and hello to the quality of life you deserve, call us at (888) 230-3715. With offices located in Waterbury, Sharon and Litchfield, permanent relief is a short drive away.
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