WHAT IS A NOSEBLEED?
A nosebleed is something that occurs because delicate blood bessels inside the node have become irritated or torn.
WHY DO NOSEBLEEDS HAPPEN?
A nosebleed usually occurs because of nose-picking, nose-blowing that is too forceful, breathing air that is too hot or dry, viral infections, head or nose injuries, and may also happen because of high blood pressure.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF NOSEBLEEDS OR ARE THEY ALL THE SAME?
There are two types of nosebleeds. The first one happens in the front half of the nose, usually in only one nostril. They are very easy to stop.
The second type of nosebleeds happen at the back of the nose and may bleed from both nostrils and blood may even flow into the mouth. This is a more serious type of nosebleed and are common in older people and may require medical treatment .
STOPPING A SIMPLE
1. To stop a simple nosebleed, have the victim sit up. (Unless they feel dizzy.) Ask him to lean his head forward and to breathe through his mouth. Pinch the sides of the nose firmly. Hold for 10 minutes. After the ten minutes are over, if the nose is still bleeding continue pitching your nose for another ten minutes. This technique will stop most nosebleeds.
2. If the first technique does not succeed, hold an ice bag or a cold compress over the victim's nose for another 10 minutes. While applying the ice bag continue to apply pressure to the nostrils.
3. If the second technique also fails , soak a cotton ball with phenylephrine (an over the counter liquid nasal decongestant) or water.
Than put the cotton into the nostril and apply gentle pressure over it. After 10 minutes, gently pull it out of the victims nose. If the bleeding still hasn't stopped call a physician or go to a hospital emergency room.
If a nosebleed is the result of a head injury and you if suspect a fractured skull, do not try to stop the bleeding. Call an ambulance or get to a hospital as quickly as you can. If the bleeding follows a nose injury apply an ice pack and go to the hospital. Contact a physician right away if there is uncontrolled bleeding or if the person has a bleeding disorder or high blood pressure.
TREATING REOCCURRING NOSEBLEEDS.
Treatment for reoccurring nosebleeds may include...
Cauterization: Chemically burning the lining of the nose which creates softer and more pliable scar tissue.
(Note: Cauterization can only be done a certain number of times.)
There are many little things you can do to stop nose bleeds from happening in the first place.
Avoid nose picking
Avoid blowing your nose forcefully
Keep the air inside your home cool and moist
Eat Vitamin C regulary
Eat green leafy vegetables regularly
Put Vaseline in your nose at night and once or twice during the day until your nosebleeds stop occuring.
WHEN TO SEE YOUR DOCTOR!!
Your nose bleeds frequently
Your nosebleeds are hard to stop.
Your nose bleeds several times a day
Your nosebleed can't be stopped after 20 minutes.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT NOSEBLEEDS!!!
Blowing your nose a few hours after a nosebleed may cause your nose to bleed again.
Simple nosebleeds can usually stop without the need of going to a hospital.
Nosebleeds may make you feel dizzy if not treated correctly.
Nosebleeds usually happen to people in their teen years
The reason most nosebleeds occur is because of nose-picking.
Cold compresses or icepacks at the back of the neck can contract blood vessels.
Taking vitamin C regularly can do more than stop nosebleeds. (For example it can help boost your immune system, prevent or reduce allergies etc...)
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