Nose picking, injuries to your nose, blowing the nose very hard and changes in temperature can all lead to nose bleeds. Nose bleeding is an incident of blood flowing from one or both nostrils. It can last between a few seconds to 10 minutes or more. People who are likely to get nose bleeds are people who regularly take aspirins, children between two and ten years of age, pregnant women, elderly people and people with blood clotting disorders.
Nose bleeds are usually not serious but if they are frequent and heavy they should be checked out as they may indicate high blood pressure and blood clotting disorders. If one bleeds for a long period, they can be diagnosed with anemia as well. To avoid nose bleeds, one is advised to avoid picking up heavy things, keep fingernails short, regularly apply vaseline inside your nostrils to keep the inside of your nostril moist, blow your nose gently and keep the home humidified.
If a person begins to nose bleed these are the steps to follow to stop the nose bleed:
1. Sit down and gently pinch the soft part of the nose for 10-15 minutes.
2. Lean forward and breath through your mouth.
3. Place an ice pack, covered by a towel, on the bridge of your nose.
4.Stay upright rather than lying down.
It is important to follow these steps but if bleeding doesn’t stop, then seeking medical advice from medical doctor is advised.