Nosebleeds: Anterior or Posterior?

Nosebleeds can be frightening. Luckily, most nosebleeds are not a cause for concern and can usually be managed at home. There are two different types of nosebleeds, anterior (originating from the front of the nose) and posterior (originating from the back of the nose).

Anterior nosebleeds are the most common. The bleeding originates from a blood vessel on the nasal septum and are usually easy to control.

Posterior nosebleeds are much less common. It usually originates from an artery in the back of the nose and tends to occur more often in elderly people. Unlike anterior nosebleeds, posterior nosebleeds are more complicated and usually require a physician’s care.

A few causes are listed below:


  • Trauma to the outside of the nose by a blow to the face
  • Trauma to inside of the nose by nose picking
  • Exposure to warm, dry air for prolonged time
  • Vigorous nose blowing
  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Drugs

When dealing with a nosebleed, it’s important to stay calm and relaxed and try to figure which type of nosebleed it is. If it’s an anterior nose bleed, just keep your head up, lean slightly forward, and pinch your nose. The bleeding should stop after about five minutes.

If your nosebleeds are occurring frequently, the experts here at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates can help. Your doctor will be able to determine the best treatment option and can give further advice if another event like this is to occur.

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