Nosebleeds

The human nose has several tiny blood vessels that can easily break and cause a nosebleed. While they can be a little bit embarrassing, they are quite common, as one in seven people will develop a nosebleed at some point in their lifetime. But did you know that there are two different types of nosebleeds?

An anterior nosebleed – one that starts in the front of the nose – often occurs when blood vessels on the septum (the semi-rigid wall that separates the two nostrils) are broken by a blow to the nose or the edge of a sharp fingernail (to name a few examples).

On the other hand, posterior nosebleeds – ones that start in the back of the nose – can begin high and deep within the nose and flow down the back of the mouth and throat. These types of nosebleeds are more sever and almost always require a physician’s care.

Besides the accidental, one-off nosebleed, what causes recurring nosebleeds? There are several factors: allergies, infections, dryness, vigorous nose blowing, drugs, fractures and more can cause more frequent episodes.

The important thing when dealing with nosebleeds is to stay relaxed and try to figure out what type it is. If it is just an anterior nosebleed, keep your head higher than the level of the heart, lean slightly forward and pinch your nose. After about five minutes, the bleeding should stop.

If nosebleeds are a recurring event in your life, that is where the experts here at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates can help. They can determine the best form of treatment, and can assist you with tips and tricks should another event occur.

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