Nose Bleed/Epistaxis FAQs

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Dr. Nithin Jayan
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Frequently Asked Questions About Nosebleed

1. Which doctor should I consult for nosebleed?

A General Physician can be consulted.

2. When should I consult a doctor for nosebleed?

You must consult the doctor if -
  • The bleeding does not stop after 20 minutes.
  • Bleeding occurs after a head injury.
  • The nose is broken (after a blow or injury)

You must also consult your doctor if you or your child has repeated nosebleeds that are not associated with a cold or other minor irritation.

3. My son has the habit of nose picking in the night, what should I do to prevent it?

Nocturnal nose picking can be prevented by placing cushioned gloves on the hands of the sleeping child so that his hands do not fit in his nose.

4. Why does the nose bleed easily?

The lining of the nose is made up of delicate skin which has a rich blood supply. Hence even a minor cut or scratch tends to bleed heavily.

5. What is the prognosis of nosebleed?

Nosebleeds are rarely life threatening. Sometimes blood loss may be underestimated, especially in posterior nosebleeds. Recurrent nosebleeds may cause iron deficiency anemia.

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More often Nose bleeds subsides when one employs methods such as pinching the nose while breathing through the mouuth for few minutes and also applying ice to the base of the nose forehead and chicks.. However, in an event where the bleeding persists, you must seek medical advice as soon as possible. If it is the first time in your life that you bleed, your doctor may investigate you for common diseases associated with nose bleed.eg. Hypertension.

kelpred

summer is a very exciting part of thec year here in the Philippines...but then it summer really worry me a lot. i am allergic to fumes, dust, unpleasant odor, etc...and I can't stand the heat, I get nosebleed several times until summer ends, usually I get nosebleed when I have fever or not feeling well or about to have fever...it's so expensive to put our air conditioner on for even half a day...what to do?

A couple of years back, we got a free sample of a nosebleed treatment. I don't remember what it was called, but it was basically a reddish-brown powder that was applied up the nose with a little Q-tip like stick. It worked amazingly well, but I have been unable to locate it since. Has anyone heard of this stuff or seen a website that might have it? My son is now 14 and still has horrible nosebleeds with no effort involved. I would hate to have to subject him to cauterization. There must be something out there to help. Thanks.

guest

It is a series of products to aid in bleeding, with a specific product for nosebleeds. It says you can't order it online but can search for retail carriers of it. I'm gonna go try and find some for myself a.s.a.p!

Steve

regarding nosebleeds. I have recently tried something that actually works and works very fast.
its is a product by a company called Z-Medica. The product is Nosebleed Hemostatic Gauze. It cost about $11.00 a box. The stuff is great. you can buy it on line at www.quikclot.com

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