Preventing nose bleeds during cold weather

With the cold weather, some people get frequent nose bleeds. What can be done to prevent them, and how should they be handled when they do occur?

Many people gets scared whenever blood appears, but a little knowledge can go a long way here, in helping one to prevent these frequent episodes. Most nosebleeds are without serious consequences particularly in children. There are two types: Anterior, where the bleeding is in the front part of the nose, ¬†and usually appears in one nostril or the other; and Posterior, where the origin of the bleeding is deep in the nose. In the case of a posterior bleed the blood runs through the back of the mouth and down the throat. Posterior nosebleeds may be quite serious, usually occur in older people, and require a physician’s attention. In children, however, the bleed is of the anterior type, are most common in the winter because the air is cold and extremely dry, and so removes the natural moisture of the nasal membranes, so that they crust and crack. By using a bit of cream or ointment (such as Vaseline or A and D ointment) inside the nose before exposure to the elements you provide another coating to the sensitive inner lining and prevent the nose bleed. You can also use saline water nasal sprays to mositurize the nasal mucosa.

To treat one that has begun simply pinch all the soft parts of the nose together, then press backwards to compress the pinched parts of the nose against the bones of the face. You must hold this for a minimum of five minutes to be effective, and should be sitting in an erect position. An ice back against the nose and cheeks may also help. If this doesn’t work, then its off to the doctor who can stop the flow by cauterizing the bleeding vessel.


The material contained here is “FOR INFORMATION ONLY” and can not replace the counsel and advice of your personal physician.
Promptly consulting your doctor is the best path to a quick and successful resolution of any medical problem.

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