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What are the two types of nose bleeds?

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A nose bleed comes either from the front of your nose (anterior) or the back (posterior).

The wall that separates your nostrils is called a septum. It has a lot blood vessels that can break from a hit in the face, or even a scratch of your fingernail. That's an anterior nose bleed.

Posterior nose bleeds are the rarer type. They start deeper in the back of your nose. Posterior nose bleeds are more likely to happen in older people, those with high blood pressure, or those who've had a face injury.

From: What Causes Nosebleeds? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology: “Nosebleeds.”

KidsHealth.org: “Nosebleeds.”

HealthyChildren.org: “Nosebleed.”

Cleveland Clinic: “When Do Frequent Nose Bleeds Signal Rare, Dangerous Disorder?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 12, 2017

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SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology: “Nosebleeds.”

KidsHealth.org: “Nosebleeds.”

HealthyChildren.org: “Nosebleed.”

Cleveland Clinic: “When Do Frequent Nose Bleeds Signal Rare, Dangerous Disorder?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 12, 2017

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