Most nosebleeds are not usually serious and
can be stopped with home treatment. Most nosebleeds occur in the front of the
nose (anterior epistaxis) and involve only one nostril. Some blood may drain
down the back of the nose into the throat. Many things may make a nosebleed
Changes in the environment. For example:
Cold, dry climates; low
Injury to the nose. For example:
Hitting or bumping the
Blowing or picking the nose
An object in the nose. This is more common in children, who
may put things up their noses, but may be found in adults, especially after an
automobile accident, when a piece of glass may have entered the nose.
A less common but more serious type of nosebleed starts in the
back of the nose (posterior epistaxis) and often involves both nostrils. Large
amounts of blood may run down the back of the throat. Posterior epistaxis
occurs more often in older adults because of other health conditions they
may have. Medical treatment will be needed to control the bleeding from
Check your symptoms to decide
if and when you should see a doctor.
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March 25, 2013
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