Help Prevent Frequent Nosebleeds
It’s fall—the air has turned dry and chilly, and pollen is still floating all around us, creating an environment that not only has allergy sufferers agonizing with uncomfortable symptoms but can leave them with embarrassing symptoms as well from uncontrollable sneezing and coughing to seemingly alarming and frequent nosebleeds. If nosebleeds are caused exclusively as a result of irritation from allergies and histamine reactions, there’s little to be concerned about other than the obvious—it can be alarming to see blood in any circumstances, and nosebleeds do tend to halt any other activity, causing an abrupt disruption in your day.
Nosebleeds related to allergies have a few specific causes such as an irritation or tear on the nasal lining caused by frequent nose blowing, nose picking or even nose wiping. Also, it is common in low humidity for the mucus membranes in the nasal and sinus passages to get unusually dry while allergies are active, which can also result in cracks and irritation in the nasal lining leading to nosebleeds.
While nosebleeds are usually a result of a minor and temporary issue, originating from the nasal passage itself, if nosebleeds are experienced for more than three to four days or if they are accompanied with other symptoms such as nausea, balance issues, shaking, extreme light-headedness or loss of consciousness (passing out)—it is important to be examined by a physician to rule out any more serious causes for the nosebleeds. These could include anything from blood health issues to hormone imbalances and infections or even cysts, polyps or tumors that require more intensive medical diagnostics and treatment.
Most likely, however, if your nosebleeds have only showed up for a day or two, they stop within a couple minutes and don’t present with any other symptoms, following some of these tips below can effectively remedy this pesky nosebleed problem:
- Refrain from taking analgesics such as aspirin and ibuprofen, which can thin your blood and reduce its natural clotting properties
- Avoid antihistamines and medicated nasal sprays that can dry the nasal passages
- Use saline nasal spray as directed by a physician or product manufacturer after a nosebleed has stopped completely to prevent drying and moisturize nasal passages
- Tilt your head back, but be careful that airways are clear for you to breathe without swallowing or inhaling blood in the process
- Apply pressure to the bridge of the nose
- Use ice to help reduce any potential swelling and speed up the clotting process
- Keep fresh, clean disposable towels available to absorb blood and reduce mess and change frequently until bleeding stops while applying pressure
- During dry, winter months, keep a vaporizer or humidifier in your bedroom