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Nosebleeds happen to most of us at some point during our lifetime. While it can be startling, nosebleeds are typically harmless and nothing to worry about. Of course, if you battle nosebleeds rather regularly you may be wondering what’s going on and whether you should turn to an otolaryngologist for an evaluation. Here’s what you should know about getting a nosebleed.
Common Causes of a Nosebleed
The blood vessels within our nose are very delicate, which means that they are prone to bursting and causing nosebleeds. Therefore, the two most common causes of nosebleeds are nose picking and dry air. Dry air can dry out the nasal passages, which leaves the area prone to infection and cracking.
Other causes include:
- Repeated nose blowing
- Broken nose
- Acute or chronic sinusitis (a sinus infection)
- Common cold
- Certain allergy medications (these medications can dry out the nose)
- Traumatic injury to the nose
- Deviated septum
- Bleeding disorders
- High altitude
- Excessive use of blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications
There are two main types of nosebleeds: anterior and posterior. An anterior nosebleed is a bleed that originates in the septum of the nose (the wall that separates the two nasal passages). These nosebleeds are minor and can be treated with home care. If your child experiences nosebleeds an anterior nosebleed is usually the cause.
Posterior nosebleeds occur further back in the nose where the artery branches are located. This type of nosebleed is much heavier, occurs more often in adults and may require medical care. While rare, it is possible for a posterior nosebleed to be a sign of high blood pressure or a blood disorder (e.g. hemophilia).
When to See a Doctor
While most people will be able to treat a simple nosebleed on their own without having to seek medical care, it’s important to see a doctor right away if:
- Your nosebleed is affecting your ability to breath
- Bleeding lasts more than 20 minutes
- Your nosebleed is the result of a traumatic injury or accident
- There is a significant amount of blood
While it’s not considered an emergency situation, it is a good idea to talk with your ENT doctor if you or your child experiences nosebleeds often. During an evaluation an ear, nose and throat doctor can ask you questions about your symptoms, perform a quick examination of the nose and determine the underlying cause of your persistent nosebleeds.
If you are concerned about you or your child’s nosebleeds then it’s best to play it safe and to schedule an appointment with an otolaryngologist. Call our office today.
Are you dealing with frequent or intense nosebleeds? Find out what might be going on.
Most people will experience a nosebleed at some point during their lifetime. Maybe the cold weather finally nipped at your nose and dried it out, causing you to deal with nosebleeds more often during the winter months; however, if you are someone who is dealing with regular nosebleeds you may be wondering what’s going on. Our Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, ENT doctors have some answers for you.
Causes of Nosebleeds
We know that young child often like to explore, and that can mean placing things they shouldn’t into their noses. Everything from their fingers to marbles and other small toys can end up being lodged in little noses. If your child is suddenly dealing with a nosebleed, it could mean that perhaps they put something in their nose that they weren’t supposed to.
Of course, we know this isn’t a common problem for adults; however, it doesn’t mean that people won’t often scratch or pick at their skin, which can also cause the nose to bleed. Even on dry days when your nose feels itchy, try to avoid using your nails to scratch.
Sometimes allergies are the true culprit. If our Sun City and Sun City West otolaryngologists have told you that you suffer from allergies, then you may be prone to nosebleeds. Infections such as the common cold or sinusitis can also lead to a bloody nose.
While you may be scratching your head to try and figure out why you are getting nosebleeds, it’s good to know that most of the time there is nothing to really worry about.
When to See a Doctor
Even if you get a handle on how to stop nosebleeds, if you are experiencing them often then it’s time to see a medical professional for a checkup. While there are certainly at-home measures you can take to reduce the frequency of your nosebleeds, if severe allergies or chronic sinusitis are to blame, these are issues that may require more aggressive treatment options that only we can provide.
If you are having issues with frequent or severe nosebleeds, then don’t hesitate to get the answers you need from Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians in Sun City and Sun City West, AZ. We are happy to provide our patients with comprehensive services to meet all of their ENT needs.
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.