Nosebleeds

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Nosebleeds can be scary even though theyre common. Learn more about nosebleeds from Dr. Edward Hill in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Nosebleeds happen when the lining of your nose is hurt or gets dry. This damages the blood vessels in your nose.

Nose picking is a common cause of nosebleeds. Irritation of the inside of your nose from allergies, infections or the drying effects of heat or air also can cause nosebleeds. Growths or other problems can also cause nosebleeds.

Almost all nosebleeds come from blood vessels in the front part of the nasal septum. This area also is more likely to get dry or be hurt by nose blowing or rubbing. Blood vessels in the back of the nose bleed much less often.

See your doctor if your nosebleed does not stop. Your doctor might use a chemical or an electric device, called cautery, to stop the bleeding.

Applying petroleum jelly or using a saltwater nose spray can help keep your nose from getting dry and bleeding again. Using a humidifier by your bed will help keep your nose from getting too dry at night.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.