Common Causes of Nosebleeds

Having blood gushing from your nose can be very disconcerting. If you have nosebleeds regularly you need to get treatment. Dr. Robert Youkilis, Dr. Jeffrey Beach, and Dr. Seth Bruggers at Northside ENT in Carmel, IN offer treatment for nosebleeds and other conditions of the ears, nose, and throat.

Anterior Nosebleeds

Dry air

One of the most common reasons for nosebleeds is dry air. You don't need to live in a dry climate to breathe in dry air. It can happen in the dry indoor climate of winter in colder climates. The delicate tissue inside the nose becomes dry and cracked and will bleed easier when picked or blown. Using a humidifier can help as well as drinking lots of water. 

Picking /blowing your nose

A sharp fingernail can easily scrap the delicate interior of the nose and cause a nosebleed. Blowing too hard can have the same results.

Nose injury

If you have fallen, been in an auto accident, been punched in the face, and are suffering a nosebleed, it is important that you get it checked. While this may be a minor injury, it can also be indicative of a broken nose or a head injury.  

Excessive use of nasal sprays

When you are suffering from nasal congestion, you may find relief from nasal decongestant sprays. Unfortunately, one of the side effects can be getting nosebleeds if it is used excessively. Talk to your ENT about optional treatments. 

High blood pressure

A new study has shown that high blood pressure can make you more likely to have a nosebleed. People with high blood pressure in this Korean study were nearly twice as likely to have a spontaneous nosebleed, and they were more severe than those who didn't have high blood pressure. 

Sinusitis nose bleeds

Sinus infection can cause irritation to the nasal lining and when it is irritated, the sinus lining may result in a nosebleed. 

Posterior Nosebleeds

Posterior nosebleeds are much less common but can be very serious. It can be the result of arteriosclerosis, taking anti-clotting drugs, head trauma, or recent nasal surgery. These types of nosebleeds are harder to control and often need medical assistance. They can send blood through the throat, causing difficulty breathing and excessive blood loss.

Dr. Youkilis, Dr. Beach, and Dr. Bruggers of Northside ENT in Carmel, IN treat nosebleeds no matter the cause. Contact our office at (317) 844-5656 for an appointment or send us a message through our website.

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