Nosebleeds: Types, Causes, Symptoms
Most people will experience a nosebleed (epistaxis) at some point, and they're rarely a serious issue. Nosebleeds can be caused by dry air, frequent nose blowing, nasal injury, allergies, or blood thinner medications. There are two types of nosebleeds:
- Anterior nosebleed: Bleeding stems from the nasal septum (the dividing wall of the nostrils) in the front of the nose. This type of nosebleed is usually not serious.
- Posterior nosebleed: Blood drains from a higher, deeper portion of the nose, usually out of both nostrils and down the back of the throat. If bleeding does not stop on its own, you should seek medical care.
Nosebleeds often occur without warning and can be more common during the winter months as you breathe dry, heated indoor air. To alleviate frequent nosebleeds, schedule a visit to Cross Timbers ENT in Arlington, Mansfield, or Midlothian, TX.
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Treatment and prevention for Nosebleeds
To stop a nosebleed, lean forward in an upright position and firmly pinch the soft part of your nose for about ten minutes. Applying a cool compress over the center of the face may also help. While nosebleeds aren't usually a cause for concern, you may want to seek medical care if you experience recurring nosebleeds, as they could indicate an underlying health condition. During an appointment at Cross Timbers ENT, one of our trained specialists can perform an ear, nose, and throat exam and treat any bleeding. To prevent nosebleeds, we may recommend applying a saline gel or antibiotic ointment. If you have persistent bleeding, a minimally invasive sinus treatment like endoscopic cauterization, or even a procedure where a blood vessel is blocked off, called endoscopic sphenopalatine artery ligation, may provide relief.
Nosebleeds can seem alarming, but they are probably not a medical emergency. However, some people deal with frequent nosebleeds that cause interruptions to their daily lives. At Cross Timbers ENT, our board-certified team can provide effective treatment to stop nosebleeds and prevent future bleeding incidents. Schedule an appointment at one of our North Texas locations today.