Overcoming Nosebleeds

A nose bleed may be nothing or everything to you. Find out what you can do to help your nose...

Nose bleeding is a common problem affecting people from all ages and all walks of life. The very young and very old are severely affected by nose bleeds. It is usually caused by a blood vessel in the nasal passage bleeding. Sometimes, a nose bleed is a clinical symptom of infection, benign tumor or cancerous tumor. Leukemia and stroke patients can also suffer from nose bleeds. For them, a nose bleed is due to an interference in the clotting mechanism of blood due to anticoagulant treatment.

You can help yourself by applying simple first aid. Pinch your nose for about 10 minutes to help seal off the bleeding point at the front end of your nasal septum. Don't try to clean your nose immediately after the bleeding stops. You should allow the blood to clot and seal off the wound. A few hours later, you may clean the dried blood within your nostrils by moistening with a little water and using a clean wad of cotton wool to gently wipe clean.

If bleeding still continues, you need to apply emergency medical treatment. Use gauze strips soaked in antiseptic to " pack " your nasal passages. Lie down flat after this to help reduce the bleeding. If bleeding is bad, try to get medical attention from a doctor immediately. Usually a doctor needs to to wait until the bleeding has stopped before he can get a good look inside the nose. He will use an instrument called a rhinoscope to look to locate the bleeding vessel.

If you want to try alternative remedies to stop your nose bleed, consult the herbal practitioner. He will prescribe herbs for consumption to cure this problem.

It is essential to have the site of bleeding checked out for infection or cancerous tumor. In children, bleeding is usually due to a dilated blood vessel in the nasal septum. If a child's nose bleed is irregular and mild, the doctor may reassure the parents that everything is ok. If there's a heavy flow of blood and the bleeding happens frequently, the doctor may advise for cautery using a chemical.

Cautery involves sealing or constricting the blood vessel so that it will not dilate and bleed again. If there is insufficient improvement, the doctor may recommend electrocautery. This requires general anaesthetic to ease the treatment for the child. A specialist will be performing this surgery. Your child's doctor may order a blood test to check for bleeding disorders. For adult patients who show no improvement after all these medical treatment, it may be necessary to consult an ear, nose and throat specialist. ( ENT specialist ).

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