Nose bleeds – what you need to know

‘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
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