Nose Bleeds – Are They Serious?

 

Nose Bleeds – Are They Serious ?

A lot of things can cause your nose to bleed, although they are generally harmless and stop themselves there are times when you should see a doctor or call for emergency care.

 

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When To Get Professional Medical Care

  • If the bleeding nose is caused by something traumatic like being punched in the nose or a car accident
  • There seems to be a lot more blood than you would expect from a bleeding nose
  • The blood is affecting your breathing
  • The bleeding won’t stop even after you have applied pressure

Remember

  • If you are losing a lot of blood get a friend to drive. or call an ambulance – Do Not Drive to the hospital yourself
  • If you get frequent nose bleeds have a talk to your doctor about them to find out the cause

 

 

Kids and Nose Bleeds

 

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When To Get Professional Medical Care

  • There is heavy bleeding and/or they are feeling weak or dizzy
  • The nose bleed was caused by some form of trauma
  • The bleeding won’t stop after putting pressure on the nose for ten minutes at a time – two times
  • Nose bleeds are a frequent occurrence
  • Something has been inserted into the nose
  • Your child bleeds heavily even for minor cuts, and/or bruises very easily
  • There is bleeding from the gums or other areas
  • The nose bleed happens after taking medication

Remember

People using blood thinner medication like warfarin or even aspirin may find it difficult to stop a nose bleed as these types of medications affect the ability of your blood to clot.

 

 

Nose Bleed Treatment

  • Try to stay relaxed – nervousness can increase the bleeding
  • Sit comfortably so your head is above your heart
  • To stop the blood running down the back of your throat lean forward a little
  • Pinch your nose closed for 5 to 10 minutes using your thumb and index finger
  • When the bleeding has stopped do not blow your nose as it may start bleeding again
  • If it does start bleeding again then you can blow your nose to remove any blood clots and resume the treatment.
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