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MANAGING NOSE BLEED AT HOME

MANAGING NOSE BLEED AT HOME
Nose bleed also known as Epistaxis can be frightening as blood flows from one or both nostrils.


It can be heavy or light, lasting a few seconds to 15 minutes or more
Today we will look at the


-Causes
-Prevention
-Home management

Common causes of nosebleeds include:
-picking your nose
-blowing your nose very hard
-a minor injury to your nose
-trauma or accident
-changes in humidity or temperature causing the inside of the nose to become dry and cracked

Who is at risk of nosebleed?
-children between 2 & 10 years of age
-elderly people
-pregnant women
-people on blood thinners such as warfarin
-blood clotting disorders, such as haemophilia
Preventing nosebleeds

Things you can do to prevent nosebleeds include:
-avoid picking your nose & keep your fingernails short
-blow your nose as little as possible & only very gently
-keep your home humidified
-wear a head guard to avoid trauma
-avoid overusing nasal decongestants

How to stop a nosebleed yourself. You should:
-sit or stand upright (don’t lie down)
-pinch your nose just above your nostrils for 10 to 15 minutes
-lean forward & breathe through your mouth
-place an icepack (or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) at the top of your nose

When to seek medical advice
-the bleeding continues for longer than 20 minutes
-bleeding is heavy and you have lost a lot of blood
-you’re having difficulty breathing

– you swallow a large amount of blood that makes u vomit
-the nosebleed developed after a serious injury, like car crash.

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