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Fall is here, and in many parts of the U.S., that means changing weather.  In the hot areas of our country, air is dry with low humidity.  In the cool areas with changing seasons, allergies are more prevalent and furnaces turn on to warm the indoor air.  All of these factors combine to dry out the tissue in your nose, making it more likely to crack and bleed when you blow your nose.

You can control most nosebleeds on your own.  If you have a nosebleed……     

  • Sit upright.  Lean forward to avoid swallowing the blood.  Pinch your nose shut for 10-15 minutes.
  • Apply a cold compress to your nose.
  • Afrin nasal spray can be used if the bleeding continues.  Use 2-3 sprays, then pinch your nose for a few minutes.
  • Don’t pack your nose with tissue, gauze, or tampons – they can cause your nose to bleed when you take them out.

To prevent a nosebleed……

  • Sneeze with an open mouth (away from others) – it limits pressure on the blood vessels in your nose.
  • Blow your nose gently.
  • No picking!
  • Use saline nasal spray or Vaseline in your nose to moisten the membranes.
  • Use a humidifier.  Be sure to clean it and change the water regularly.

Things that put you at increased risk for a nosebleed are……

  • Taking NSAIDs such as Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve
  • Supplements such as ginkgo and garlic
  • Cigarette smoke and second-hand smoke
  • High blood pressure
  • Taking blood thinners such as Warfarin, Eliquis, or Xarelto

If your nose continues to bleed after 30 minutes, call your doctor or go to your local emergency room.

Happy Fall!

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