Nosebleeds

nosebleedEpistaxis (or a nosebleed in plain English) is the relatively common occurrence of bleeding from the nose. Though common, they can cause concern or even be frightening. Understanding more may help you feel prepared.

There are two types of nosebleeds

-Anterior nosebleeds include more than 90% of all nosebleeds.This bleeding usually comes from the blood vessels at the very front of the nose, making them easy to control.

-Posterior nosebleeds are much less common, and may require medical attention. These are most common in the elderly and those with extreme conditions. Bleeding usually comes from an artery in the back of the nose, and often require an ENT (Ear, Nose, and throat) specialist.

Symptoms

Bleeding usually occurs from only one nostril, but if the bleeding is heavy enough, the blood can fill up the nostril and overflow, spilling into the other nostril. This can make it look like both sides are bleeding.

Causes of Nosebleeds

Commonly, trauma to the outside of the nose can be traced as the cause of a nosebleed.This can be anything from picking and repeated coughing and sneezing, to a blow to the face. Nosebleeds are most common in the young and in the elderly. One idea is that it could be more difficult for these ages to process nutrients and minerals from food. To help with this, Lifelong Vitality supplements can be used to streamline the digestive process in improve mineral intake.

Uncommon causes are generally related to blood vessels having difficulty clotting. This can be anything from blood thinners to cancer.

Call the doctor about nosebleeds if:

-You have repeated episodes of nosebleeds
-You have additional bleeding from places other than the nose
You are on any blood-thinning drugs, including aspirin
-You have any underlying disease that may affect your blood clotting

Go to the hospital about nosebleeds if:

-You are still bleeding after pinching the nose for 10 minutes
-You feel dizzy or light-headed or like you are going to pass out
-You have a rapid heartbeat or trouble breathing
-You are coughing up or vomiting blood

Essential oils to assist with a nosebleed are:

Cypress
Helichrysum
Frankincense
Lavender

Apply 2 drops of selected oil to nostril.

It may also help to place an ice pack on the back of the neck to slow blood flow.

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