Nose Bleeding

Most nosebleeds are not serious and can be handled fairly easily. They are divided into two types, depending on whether the bleeding is coming from the anterior (front of the nose) or posterior (back of the nose).

  • Anterior nosebleeds make up more than 90% of all nosebleeds. The bleeding usually comes from a blood vessel at the very front part of the nose. Anterior nosebleeds are usually easy to control, either by measures that can be performed at home or by a doctor.
  • Posterior nosebleeds are much less common than anterior nosebleeds. They tend to occur more often in elderly people. The bleeding usually comes from an artery in the back part of the nose. These nosebleeds are more complicated and usually require Doctor's advise or by¬†an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose, and throat specialist).
Prevention and Treatment
  • Most nosebleeds can be stopped at home.
  • Consult a doctor for a nosebleed if bleeding cannot be stopped, there is a large amount of blood lost, or you feel weak or faint.
  • Go home and rest with head elevated at 30 to 45 degrees.
  • Do not blow your nose or put anything into it. If you have to sneeze, open your mouth so that the air will escape out the mouth and not through the nose.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Apply ice (wrapped in a towel) to nose and cheeks
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