Nosebleeds in Albany are extremely common and tend to worsen during the summer months when temperatures are warmer.
They can be frightening, especially for the uninitiated – nobody likes to see blood gushing from bodily orifices! – but most times they are perfectly harmless.
Knowing how to treat a nosebleed correctly will help you get rid of it more quickly.
Treating Your Nosebleed
Plenty of factors can cause nosebleeds including injuries, infections, allergies, high blood pressure, nose picking and inserting objects into the nostrils.
High altitudes and hot or cold weather can also play a role.
Persistent nosebleeds may be a sign of an underlying health condition such as hypertension, disease, alcoholism or tumor, though nosebleeds are rarely serious.
Should you experience a nosebleed in Albany, sit down and tilt your head slightly forward, pinching the nostrils for 5-10 minutes; this should stop the bleeding.
Do NOT tilt your head back – doing so can cause blood to flow down the back of our throat, causing irritation and coughing.
Avoid blowing your nose for at least 15 minutes after the bleeding stops and refrain from picking your nose, going out in the heat or traveling for the rest of the day if possible.
This will give your broken blood vessels time to heal.
If your nose doesn’t stop bleeding after you’ve applied pressure, you may have to make a trip to the doctor to have the vessel cauterized.
Seek medical attention if you experience frequent nosebleeds despite the absence of physical trauma – this is especially important for children and the elderly, who might be suffering from an infection or other underlying health condition that requires intervention.
In addition, the following home remedies might prove effective in stopping your bleeding or preventing nosebleeds from recurring:
- Drink half a cup of water with a pinch of salt
- Apply a few drops of nettle leaf juice on each nostril
- Stay hydrated
- Make sure you get plenty of vitamins C and K
- Put a pack around your nose
- Add a few drops of coriander oil to the inner lining of your nostrils
- Avoid forcibly blowing your nose
- Quit smoking
Give your Albany ENT a call for more tips on dealing with nosebleeds.