How to Prevent Nosebleeds

nose bleedHow to Prevent Nosebleeds
Nosebleeds can be a common occurrence during the winter, thanks to dry air produced by indoor heating units. In most cases, they’re nothing more than a minor nuisance; however, in some instances, people can have difficulty getting the bleeding to stop. If you commonly suffer from this frustrating issue, learn how you can effectively treat and prevent nosebleeds.
Who’s Most at Risk?
Most of us will suffer from the occasional nose bleed from time to time. That said, some people are more prone to bleeding due to a number for varying factors. Older people tend to be more susceptible, because their mucous membrane are drier. People taking blood-thinning medications are also at a higher risk, along with those living in higher elevations where air tends to be less moist. Postmenopausal women can be especially at risk, since decreased estrogen increases bodily fluids.
Whatever the case, when noses start bleeding, the flow can range from a few drops to an out-of-control gusher. To hasten recovery, try the following doctor-recommended tactics:

  • Tilt your head back and pinch the nostrils, applying firm pressure for approximately five minutes.
  • Apply ice to help constrict blood vessels.
  • Apply petroleum jelly to a cotton pad and insert it into the bleeding nostril to promote clotting.

Preventing Nosebleeds
When it comes to preventing recurring nosebleeds, moisture is key. You can substantially moisten your nasal passages by running a humidifier in every room of your home. It’s especially important to do this while you sleep, since you’ll be spending between seven to nine hours breathing through your nose. You can also reduce your risk by applying a dab of petroleum jelly to both sides of the septum at least two times a day.
When to Seek Help
Usually, nose bleeds subside after only a few minutes; however, in rare instances bleeding continues despite at-home intervention. In these cases, patients should seek medical attention. Most of the time, physicians will cauterize the blood vessel to stop the bleeding. Patients may also require further testing to determine the cause of blood clotting difficulties.

Health News + Events

How to Treat a Dog Bite

Dogs are undoubtedly man’s best friend, but even the friendliest of creatures can sometimes get spooked or display aggressive behavior. Bites can even happen when giving an excit  Read More

Top Health Concerns For Men

Did you know that the average man pays less attention to his health than the average woman? That’s according to Harvard Medical School, which also states that men are more likely  Read More

What You Need to Know About Hepatitis

You’ve probably heard of hepatitis at some point, and you may know there are several types—A, B, C, D, and so forth. But if you’re like most people, the causes, symptoms, and  Read More

What Our Patients Are Saying

Rating 4.6
Rating 4.2
Rating 4.6
Rating 5.0

"The overall care I received was excellent! I also appreciate your affiliation with Yale New Haven Hospital."

Derby, CT

"Throughout the visit I felt like the staff really cared. The Doctor took his time talking with me about my symptoms, and I felt like he listened to all my concerns and took that into consideration when recommending the right treatment. Thank you!"

Hamden, CT

"I had to take my son in for an ear infection following a sudden change in temperament at daycare. He was inconsolable the entire car ride but when we got there and by the time we left this care facility he was back to his normal happy go lucky little two year old boy. I highly recommend PhysicianOne Urgent Care."

Westwood, MA

"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the attention you gave me last week. My son was started on antibiotics and ear drops. Within 24 hours he began to feel better. The poor kid had been going to school in tears because he was afraid of missing any more days, but feeling (and looking) just awful! He's not been able to even think about lacrosse practice, but thanks to starting him on antibiotics, he was thrilled to return to practice today."

Somers, NY