Unexplained Nosebleeds - When to Worry

Unexplained nosebleeds are usually nothing to be too alarmed about. A nosebleed may be inconvenient, but it's rarely life threatening. If the nosebleed is minor, it's rather easy to deal with. If the nosebleed is major, then it may be time to visit a doctor.

Most nosebleeds are due to an irritation or injury to the septum. The septum is the area that separates your nose into two nostrils. However, any injury or irritation to the non-septum areas of the nose can also cause a nosebleed. Nosebleeds usually last anywhere from a few seconds to 15 minutes.

Nosebleed Causes
Nosebleeds are caused by an injury or irritation in the nose. Injuries that may induce a nosebleed include head trauma, nose trauma and picking your nose. Irritations that may induce a nosebleed include dry weather and allergies.

Nosebleed Symptoms
Nosebleed symptoms can include blood running out of the nose or down the throat. This may also induce the taste of blood at the back of your mouth. If the blood from a nosebleed is running down your throat, you may also feel nauseous.

Nosebleed Treatments
If you're trying to slow or stop a nosebleed, it's important to sit or stand in an upright position. This helps keep your nose above your heart, reducing blood flow. You also want to avoid any strenuous activity while dealing with a nosebleed. Resting, and letting your heart beat slowly, also helps reduce blood flow.

If you need to stop the blood flow from a nosebleed, try pinching your upper nostrils closed. Pinching can help reduce blood flow for a short period of time if you need to get a tissue. Pinching your nose for an extended period of time, such as five minute, can help reduce bleeding in the septum and stop the nosebleed.

When to See a Doctor for a Nosebleed
It's important to see a doctor if you get a nosebleed due to head trauma. This is one of those situations where it's probably a minor problem, but it's better to be safe than sorry. It's important to see a doctor if your nosebleed last longer than 20 minutes. It's also important to see a doctor if your nosebleeds are chronic. Your doctor will be able to diagnose the exact problem and recommend the best treatment path.

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