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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

-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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