Usually, a bloody nose is not a severe issue, and there is nothing as such to worry about, you can get that after accidentally bumping into someone or something or maybe because you have a sinus problem. There can be situations when it can demand a medical emergency; otherwise, it is something that can be treated at home safely; here’s a quick guide to both.
What is a Nosebleed and How is it caused?
We all may have experienced it at some point in our lives, mainly caused by the rupture or damage to the small and fragile blood vessels, either at the front or back part of the nose, the former is called ‘anterior’ and the latter ‘posterior.’
The bleeding is anterior if the blood comes out of one nostril, the good news is that it does not require any medical attention and can be treated at home safely; common causes include, dehydration, cold, and allergies. In some situations, even high altitudes can cause this problem.
The other case, Posterior bleeding indicates a severe injury at the upper septum, either due to high blood pressure or some traumatic critical incident, tumours, or blood-thinning medications. In this condition, the blood flows down to the back of the throat and the mouth. In such a case, one must rush to the hospital immediately.
Posterior bleeding is more likely to be observed amongst older people, whereas the anterior bleeding can happen to anybody and can be treated with home remedies effectively for most of the times.
Prevention is better than cure.
It can be distressing and more concerning when it tends to happen more often, without any cause. It’s merely that some people are more prone to bloody noses, maybe blame the dry weather. Here are a few things you can do to prevent it from happening over and over again.
- Use a cool most humidifier
- Treat allergies immediately
- Don’t rub or pick your nose
- Use saline sprays to keep the lining of the nose moist.
- Keep your fingernails trimmed
- Avoid exertions
Can kitchen ingredients help?
Nose bleeding tends to become often if the nasal disruptions keep happening, avoiding it, in the long run, you can consider some options including a healthy diet, here are a few ingredients that can help to solve this problem from happening again and again.
· Vitamin K, found in the green leafy vegetables, can help in blood clotting and helps to create a moist lining inside your nose, preventing blood veins from rupturing easily.
• Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits and vegetables, makes the blood vessels stronger, preventing them from damaging easily.
• Nettle Leaf, a herbal solution to keep them nasal allergies at a bay. Brew a fresh tea, soak a cotton pad, and keep it on the nose for 5 minutes, it can stop the bleeding and help to prevent them from happening again.
• Apple cider vinegar can work in the first attempt, dip a cotton ball and place it in the affected nostril for 5-10 minutes, it constricts the blood vessels and stops bleeding immediately. The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are also very numerous.
Some handy tips to cure bloody nose at home
Here are 5 tips to minimize blood loss and treat bloody nose,
1. Sit upright: Rather than lying down, sit straight, it reduces the blood flow.
2. Lean forward: You may be avoiding this because of the fear of spoiling your clothes, but this is a better option because it prevents the blood from going inside your throat which could lead to choking or vomiting, instead try breathing from your mouth.
3. Don’t pack your nose: Don’t pack your nostrils with cotton pads, it can irritate the blood vessels and can worsen the situation, rather clean the blood with a damp cloth.
4. Pinch that soft part: The fleshy part of your nose, just below the nasal bones and above the nostrils, if pinched softly, can help to compress blood vessels and stop bleeding. Do this for 10-15 minutes and not more than that; otherwise, the bleeding can start again.
5. Ice Pack: Try placing an ice pack at the bridge of your nose; it can relieve the blood vessels and stop nose bleeding naturally.
When to worry?
· If the blood loss is substantial and the nose bleeds often.
· If it has occurred due to some head injury
· If the nose bleeding doesn’t stop after applying pressure for 10-20 minutes
· If the person is already sick, or an infant or old
In the cases as mentioned above, you should seek medical help as soon as possible, moreover if at all it makes you feel worried don’t wait and seek medical advice.
Henna is a proficient writer who firmly believes in the age-old remedies and holistic medicine as a primary cure for several diseases. After graduating she embarked on a journey to find the truth about holistic and natural remedies.