Nosebleeds can occur at any age. The inner lining of the nose contains numerous tiny blood vessels that are located close to the nasal membrane surface. Even a small break in the surface of the membranes can cause noticeable levels of bleeding. Individuals who travel to dry climates are at an increased risk for developing nose bleeds because the lack of moisture in the air can dry the nasal membranes.
If you are experiencing frequent bouts nose bleeding, it may be a sign of a more serious condition. Dr. Bradford Ress, an experience and esteemed ENT doctor, treats the condition at his Boca Raton, FL office.
What Causes Nosebleeds?
During your exam, Dr. Ress will ask how often you experience nosebleeds. If you have any medical conditions or habits that you believe may be the cause of bleeding, you can share the information at that time. Dr. Ress may inquire about your medical history and any medications that you are currently taking. During the physical exam and questioning, Dr. Ress may determine that any of the following are causing your nosebleeds.
- Overexposure to dry air
- Nose picking
- Overuse of nasal sprays
- Acute sinusitis
- Cold or flue
- Blood thinners
- Deviated septum
- Chronic congestion
- Chronic sneezing
- Trauma to the nose area
Less common causes of nosebleeds include:
- Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP)
- Nasal polyps
How Can I Prevent Nosebleeds?
The most common cause of nosebleeds is dry air. Keeping your nasal membrane moist is a good way to prevent nosebleeds. Dry air is associated with colder months. If you experience bouts of nosebleeds during the winter, you can apply vaseline or a similar ointment using a cotton swab to the inner part of your nose. Saline nasal sprays can also help moisten dry membranes. One way to keep the air in your home from becoming overly dry is to purchase a humidifier. Be sure to ask Dr. Ress which remedies he recommends.
When Should I See an ENT Specialist for Nosebleeds?
While nosebleeds can be disconcerting, it is important to remember that the vast majority of incidents involving small amounts of blood coming from the nose are not serious. Most nosebleeds that are caused by dry air or a minor accident will heal on their own following self-care steps.
There are certain circumstances where a nosebleed should be seen by an ENT specialist like Dr. Ress. A few of these involve:
- Nosebleeds that create an unexpected amount of blood
- Bleeding that interferes with breathing
- Nasal bleeding that lasts longer than 30 minutes, even after compression is applied
- Lengthy nosebleeds in young children that did not result from an accident
- Frequent bouts of nosebleeds without an obvious cause
Even if you can control your nosebleeds, frequent occurrences of nosebleeds can be a sign of more serious medical complications. Only a trained ENT specialist like Dr. Ress has the qualifications and experience to properly diagnose recurring bouts of nose bleeding.
Treat Nose Bleeding in Boca Raton, FL
Nose bleeding is a normal occurrence that can happen at any age. If you experience an excessive amount of blood loss, or if you suffer from recurring occurrences of nosebleeds, it may be worth having Dr. Ress assess your symptoms. Many causes of nosebleeds can be proactively treated using saline drops or by changing certain behaviors. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Ress at our Boca Raton, FL clinic contact us online or call (561) 353-7377.