The Million Dollar Question: Is My Nose bleed Serious?
Now, there can be several reasons for nasal bleeding and unless there is an injury or underlying health issue involved, there isn’t much to worry about. However, here are a few conditions that are concerning when coupled with a symptom such as a nosebleed.
- If the nasal bleeding is a frequent occurrence; typically more than 4 times a week
- The bleeding does not stop even after 10-20 minutes of pressure application
- The bleeding gets more severe and frequent
- You are on anti clotting medication such as warfarin or have a blood clotting disorder
- If head trauma due to assault or injury precedes the nose bleeding
- If you suffer from hypertension, leukemia, hemophilia, anemia, acute liver illnesses, rheumatic fever, Hodgkin’s disease or thrombocytopenia
- If you are a frequent aspirin user
Preventative measures to keep nosebleeds at bay
Although there are several home remedies to stop nasal bleed fast, like with all other health conditions, prevention is better than cure in this case too, particularly when the preventative measures are so easy to incorporate in your day to day life. Nasal bleeds are caused due to the rupturing of the blood vessels that feed the sinuses and the nasal tissue and bone.
It can occur from anterior or posterior arteries. The latter can be harder to treat and may even require surgical intervention. However, there are some steps that you can take to nip things in the bud and prevent the onset of nasal bleeding.
- Keep your nasal tissue hydrated by drinking about 2 liters of water each day.
- Air conditioners can offer reprieve from the sweltering heat but they also dry out the air, which can make you susceptible to nosebleeds. So, do not overdo it.
- In winter when the air is naturally arid, you may want to use a humidifier indoors.
- Use a Q tip to dab the mucous membrane with some petroleum jelly or spritz the insides of your nose with a saline nasal spray
- If you are prone to allergies, ensure that you take your medication on time because the release of histamines and the eventual use of antihistamines can wreak havoc on your nasal tissue
- Essential nutrients like Vitamin C, found in fruits and Vitamin K, found in green, leafy vegetables can help to prevent nosebleeds
- Bioflavanoids such as those found in grape seed extract and pine bark extract also help in strengthening the walls of the capillaries
What after the bleeding has stopped?
Once the nasal bleeding stops, you will need to take preventative measures to ensure that it does not restart. Here are some tips that will help:
- Do not lift anything heavy or exert yourself physically
- Don’t blow your nose or rub it
- If you feel the need to sneeze, open your mouth so that the air escapes out of the buccal and not the nasal cavity
- Do not bend
- Do not strain yourself during bowel movement
- Stay away from smoking
- Don’t consume hot liquid for at least 24 hours
- Do not eat spicy food for at least a day
- Consult with your doctor for lubricating ointment or nasal sprays
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