‘My nose always bleeds when it’s hot.’ ‘I carry around tissues, because I never know if my nose will start bleeding again.’ ‘This time of year, I always get nose-bleeds’.
Does this sound like you? Then follow these tips to make your life a little less bloody.
Why does it happen?
- Most bleeds are caused by dry air. Heated indoor air or a dry weather dries out and irritates the skin in your nose. This dry skin can itch, and when you scratch them, they bleed.
- Colds can also irritate the lining of the nose. If you blow your nose all the time, the skin eventually tears and bleeds.
What do I do?
- Keep calm. The bleeding always looks much worse than it is.
- Sit upright – don’t tilt your head back: the blood will just run down your throat.
- Get a clean cloth or tissue and gently pinch the soft part of your nose – just below the bony ridge in the front.
- Keep pressure on the nose for about 10 minutes; if you stop too soon, bleeding may start again.
- After a nosebleed, don’t blow your nose, rub or pick it.
How do I prevent it?
- Use saline spray or Vaseline ointment to keep the inside of the nose moist.
- Run a humidifier in bedrooms if the air is dry.
- Make sure you have enough vit K & iron in your diet: eat tomatoes, kale, spinach and bananas