I think there's always pieces of yourself that bleed into your character. That's inevitable - Dustin Clare
Everyone has had a nosebleed at one time or another. So, what's the best way to deal with this bloody issue...
Tip# 1: Don’t Panic - despite the horror-movie appearance of the scene, nosebleeds are rarely a dangerous thing.
Tip# 2: Blow your nose - this doesn’t seem to make sense, but often the presence of clots in the nose prolong the bleeding. Blowing out the clots won’t make the nose bleed more, but less. Trust me on this one.
Tip# 3: Use a decongestant nasal spray - if you have neo-synephrine or Afrin nasal spray, a spray of that will cause the blood vessels to shrink and stop bleeding.
Tip# 4: Hold the nose - pinch the nose closed just below the tip for 10 minutes continuously (without peeking).
Tip# 5: Insert cotton and apply ice to the bridge of the nose - if the other measures fail, this can slow things down.
When Should You Worry About a Nosebleed?
You should seek medical attention under the following four circumstances:
- If the above measures don’t work.
- If the nosebleeds recur.
- If you have a blood clotting disorder or are on medications that thin the blood.
- If the nosebleed is caused by trauma and the bleeding doesn’t stop or you suspect the nose is broken...
Some people are prone to anterior nosebleeds, requiring a minor procedure to cauterize Kesselbach’s plexus. [Note: Nowadays if you end up in ER the procedure of choice is nasal packing as opposed to cauterization]. Posterior nosebleeds are very serious problems that require hospitalization and surgical intervention, but it’s hard to tell anterior from posterior nosebleeds other than the fact that the above procedures to stop the nose from bleeding don’t work real well on posterior bleeds.
As always: when in doubt, get it checked out by your doctor. And try to keep your fingers off of Kesselbach’s plexus!"
Source: Rob Lamberts MD, Excerpt from When Should You Worry About a Nosebleed? QuidkandDirtyTips.com, April 26, 2012.
15-cm cotton pledget soaked in the injectable form of TXA (500 mg in 5 mL). The most difficult aspect of the approach (at least in our EDs) is coordinating with the pharmacy to attain the injectable TXA, but otherwise there is little downside to adding TXA to your nosebleed armamentarium. If I ever get cracked in the honker again and need epistaxis care, I'll be asking for TXA.
Among both adults and children, however, there are many other causes worth knowing about. And while most nosebleeds can be self-treated or prevented with simple home remedies, frequent nosebleeds should never be taken lightly.
The bottom line: Conservative options, like packing the nose with gauze, work just as well as more invasive efforts, have negative fewer side effects, and cost less - Patrick J. Skerrett, Executive Editor, Harvard Health.
It makes sense to treat every nosebleed as if it is an anterior one, and try to stop it at home. You will be right 94% of the time, says Dr. Mary Pickett, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.
A good, strong pinch in the right place will often do the trick.
Learn what causes nosebleeds, how to treat them, and the 4 signs that may mean you need to get your nosebleed checked out.
If rebleeding occurs:
•Attempt to clear nose of all blood clots.
•Spray nose four times in the bleeding nostril(s) with a decongestant spray such as Afrin or Neo-Synephrine.
•Repeat the steps to stop an anterior nosebleed.
•Call a doctor if bleeding persists after 30 minutes or if nosebleed occurs after an injury to the head.
More rarely, a nosebleed can begin high and deep within the nose and flow down the back of the mouth and throat, even if the patient is sitting or standing.
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First, stay calm and reassure your preschooler. Nosebleeds are very common and are rarely a cause for concern.
A few nosebleeds stem from large vessels in the back of the nose. These nosebleeds can be dangerous. They may occur after an injury. This type of nosebleed is more common in the elderly and is often due to high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, daily aspirin use or bleeding disorders. Usually, the older the patient, the more serious the nosebleed.
If you get a nosebleed, sit down and bend forward. Sitting is preferable to lying down, since keeping the head above the level of the heart will help reduce the bleeding. Bending forward is also important. It lets the blood drain out through the nose rather than down the throat.
Hold the soft portion of your nose pinched together with your fingers until the bleeding stops. This might take five to ten minutes. Placing an ice pack across the bridge of your nose can also be helpful.
Lying down with a nosebleed is not recommended. You should avoid sniffing or blowing your nose for several hours after a nosebleed. If bleeding persists, a nasal spray decongestant (Afrin, NeoSynephrine) can sometimes be used to close off small vessels and control bleeding.
Having a nosebleed (epistaxis) is common in children. Nosebleeds are usually mild and easily treated. Sometimes bleeding can be more severe. This is usually in older people, or in people with other medical problems such as blood disorders. Get medical help quickly if the bleeding is severe, or if it does not stop within 20-30 minutes.
The most common kind of nosebleed is an anterior nosebleed, which comes from the front of the nose. Capillaries, or very small blood vessels, that are inside the nose may break and bleed, causing this type of nosebleed.