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Asked by xxporkxsodaxx (1391points) September 20th, 2008

For some reason lately I have been having chronic nosebleeds and it’s quite annoying, how can I get them to stop and why are they occurring?

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Nimis's avatar

Is the weather dry?
Are you diabetic?

marinelife's avatar

There is more than one possible cause including dry mucous membranes (saline spray and a little bit of antibiotic ointment may help), deviated septum (if you have had an injury), and very rarely cancer.

Try the saline spray. If they have gone on for a while or they continue, you should see your doctor.

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

No dry weather, I live in San Antonio so it’s been nice and cold with a little humidity from the hurricane, no I’m not diabetic, I’ve been sick so I don’t think dry mucous membranes could be the problem,the deviated septum I guess could be a possibility because I have had my nose broken twice, I hope it’s not cancer. I wouldn’t say that they’ve gone on for a while only because they just happen every once in a while, in the past 4 weeks I’ve had 3 nosebleeds and before that they happened about every month or so.

Nimis's avatar

I’ve been sick.

Probably related, no?

gailcalled's avatar

Here is a similar question from July; 27 answers, most of them useful and helpful (the usual wisenheimers, unfortunately).

Our resident MD chimes in, which is good.

gailcalled's avatar

Nasal Cancer

Also called: Cancer of the nasal cavity, Cancer of the paranasal sinus
Your paranasal sinuses are small hollow spaces around the nose. They are lined with cells that make mucus, which keeps your nose from drying out. The nasal cavity is the passageway just behind your nose through which air passes on the way to your throat as you breathe.

Cancer of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses is rare. Men are more likely than women to get it, and most patients are older than 45 There may be no symptoms at first, and later symptoms can be like those of infections. This means the cancer may not be found until it is advanced, making it harder to treat. Treatment options include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.”

Nimis's avatar

Maybe you’re having an adverse reaction to medication?
Are you taking any medication for being sick?

gailcalled's avatar

Chronic nosebleeds

Systemic factors
Drugs – Aspirin, Fexofenadine/Allegra/Telfast, warfarin, ibuprofen, clopidogrel, isotretinoin, desmopressin and others
Alcohol (due to vasodilation)
Blood dyscrasias
Envenomation by mambas, taipans, kraits, and death adders
Heart failure (due to an increase in venous pressure)
Hematological malignancy
Infectious diseases
Vascular disorders
von Willebrand’s disease

iamcurious's avatar

I get nosebleeds about once a month, for the past few years. I also am a chronic nose-picker, left hand. Blood comes from left nostril. Let’s hope I haven’t mistaken cancer for nose-picking.

Nimis's avatar

Envenomation by mambas, taipans, kraits, and death adders


gailcalled's avatar

I was just looking for a tactful way to add “nose-picking.”

Any nasty snakes in your neighborhood, Pork?

gailcalled's avatar

—@nimis: you haven’t heard about brownlemur’s adventures and misadventures in Madagascar.He is now in TX, I think, getting a PhD, I think, and having a calmer life, I think.

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

No I don’t think it’s from being sick only because it’s happened even when I haven’t been sick, I haven’t used any nose injection medicine so it’s unlikely I guess, I also don’t pick my nose a lot.

Nimis's avatar

You said that you don’t pick your nose a lot.
It just takes one very enthusiastic pick.
Unless by a lot, you were talking about intensity and not frequency.

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

Well I mean, I just don’t really pick it. Only when I have to and I don’t really have to that much. None of the times it started bleeding I was picking my nose so I don’t think that could be it either, sometimes in class it just starts bleeding when I’m doing my work so I don’t know.

hearkat's avatar

Go to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, to have it properly examined, diagnosed and treated.

Magnus's avatar

Fluther is not doctor, go see doctor.

For non-chronical nosebleeds; suck on ice cubes and keep your head bent forward. or was it backwards?

gailcalled's avatar

Backwards; forward guarantees a gush – gravity and blood pressure. (and often, pinching nostrils together will help.)

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

I read that when you have a nosebleed you should lean forward instead of backward, it was on the iPhone application “Did You Know”, I don’t know why but I think I’ll look it up.

Nimis's avatar

Xxp: I’ve heard that too.

Something about leaning your head back doesn’t stop the bleeding.
It just stops it from coming out of your nose.

sndfreQ's avatar

The blood supply to the front nasal cavities comes from your upper lip area; a wad of tissue rolled up like a small tube can be placed under your upper lip between the gumline and the lip; press your lip tight to apply pressure to that point-it will slow the bloodflow to allow clotting to occur.

I would second going to an ENT doctor. I went to one a few years ago to have an inspection and they found that in addition to very shallow blood vessels, I had enlarged adenoids and tonsils (which were removed soon thereafter). When they performed the procedure, they also cauterized the blood vessels that were continually rupturing; I have had virtually zero nosebleeds since. Cautery is an option you can look into with the consultation of a specialist.

(btw I suffered from chronic allergies all my life which created those conditions.)

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