Frequent Nosebleeds? 4 Possible Causes And How To Treat Them

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3. Certain Medications

If you are consuming blood thinning medications, aspirin, and/or NSAIDS, all of these can cause nosebleeds. To prevent or stop a nosebleed, your blood needs to be able to clot easily. Any type of medication that changes your body’s ability to clot blood can not only cause a nosebleed, but it can make one difficult to stop. Common drugs known to cause nosebleeds include Plavix, Coumadin, and Jantoven. Never stop taking these medications until you have consulted with your doctor. Blood clots can lead to a heart attack or stroke and if you have a heart condition, you might need these medications, even if they cause occasional nosebleeds.

 

4. Picking or Scratching

Sometimes, accidental injury to the nose can cause nosebleeds. Although many children pick at their nose, occasionally, adults develop a habit of continually scratching or picking at their nose, or sticking tissues inside to scratch an itch.

You can stop a nosebleed at home fairly quickly by sitting down and leaning forward slightly. Pinch your nostrils closed with your fingers for at least 5 full minutes. When you release your hold, if the bleeding has not stopped, repeat for another 5 minutes. The blood vessels in the nose are very small and close to the surface. They can be easily sealed with some steady pressure.

If the nosebleed starts again fairly quickly, spray with a bit of nasal spray, such as Afrin or Dristan, to constrict the blood vessels, then try the pinching method once again.

When to Seek Help

Although nearly all nosebleeds can be dealt with at home, some can be quite severe and need medical intervention. If you are taking blood thinners and find that your nose will not stop bleeding, you need to see your doctor or go to the emergency room.

If you have more than one nosebleed per week, you should also talk to your doctor. Very frequent nosebleeds can mean you have a serious underlying health condition that needs attention.

 

READ ALSO: 10 Home Remedies For Stuffy Nose Relief

 

Also, if the pinching method we explained above does not stop your nosebleed after the second try, you should see your doctor or go to the emergency room, even if you are not taking blood thinners.

References:

www.hse.ie

www.care.american-rhinologic.org

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