Learn more about chronic nosebleeds from your doctors serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City West, AZ area!
Have you ever wondered why you get nosebleeds? In most cases, nosebleeds are only a minor annoyance, but in some cases, they can be a sign of a more serious problem. Our doctors at Arizona ENT serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City West, AZ area share a few causes of nosebleeds.
Picking or blowing
Picking or scratching the inside of your nose can injure the blood vessels in your nostrils and send you running for a tissue. The problem can also occur if you have a cold or allergies and blow your nose frequently since frequent blowing is irritating to your sensitive nasal passages.
Not enough moisture in the air
When the air is dry, the lining of your nostrils tend to dry out and crack, which can cause bleeding. The problem is more common during the winter due to the effects of indoor heating and a natural reduction of moisture in the air. If you notice that you experience more nosebleeds during the winter months, plug in a humidifier while you sleep.
Certain diseases and conditions can increase your risk of nosebleeds, including:
- Kidney or liver disease
- Excessive consumption of alcohol
- Nasal polyps or tumors
- Chronic or acute sinusitis
- Bleeding disorders
- Deviated septum
Pregnant women are more likely to experience nosebleeds due to increasing hormone and blood volume levels. These changes can affect the membranes in the nose and make them more likely to swell, rupture or dry out.
Medication side effects
Nosebleeds are more common if you take some types of medications, including blood thinners, aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Since these drugs interfere with the natural clotting ability of blood, nosebleeds may be more frequent and once you get one, it may last longer than normal.
What can I do about frequent nosebleeds?
Frequent nosebleeds should not be ignored and should be evaluated by your ear, nose and throat doctor. They'll perform a thorough examination to determine the cause of the problem and recommend treatments that will help reduce the frequency of your nosebleeds.
Are you concerned about frequent nosebleeds? Call Drs. Bassett, Hoffman and Borgesen, your doctors at Arizona ENT serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City West, AZ area to schedule an appointment.