Nose Bleed

Nose bleed refers to bleeding from the lining (mucous membrane) of the nose. Nose bleed usually only occurs from one nostril. In addition, it most commonly occurs during childhood and usually is not serious.

What To Consider

In adults, most nosebleeds occur due to trauma to in the form of blows to the nose. Other causes include blowing nose too forcefully; scratches from the fingernails; irritating crust formations due to colds, infections, or the flu; very dry atmospheric conditions; sudden changes in atmospheric pressure; and/or nutrient deficiencies (most commonly vitamin C and/or bioflavonoids). Reoccurring nose bleeds might be a sign of a disease condition, such as high blood pressure (hypertension), a tumor in the nose or sinuses, or an internal bleeding disorder.

Note
Blood thinners such as Coumadin or aspirin can cause nose bleed. If this happens, notify your Health Guru immediately.

Caution

In cases of recurring nose bleed or nose bleed that does not stop, seek immediate medical attention. In addition, if your nose starts to bleed following a blow to the head, it may be a sign that you have a fracture in the skull. Get to a hospital immediately.

Practical Hints

Sit down with head tipped forward. Stay in a cool room.

What to do Immediately

When there is no danger of skull fracture, do the following Sit, lean forward, blow all blood out of both nostrils, open your mouth and breathe deeply. As you do so, pinch the lower part of your nose for 5 to 10 minutes, then slowly release pressure and avoid any further contact or pressure with your nose. If your nose bleed continues beyond the first 20 minutes of doing this, pack your nose with gauze and apply crushed ice within a cloth against your nose and cheek. Then lie down and refrain from any motion or activity for another 30 to 60 minutes. If bleeding still continues, see a Health Guru, as you may need to have the lining of your nose cauterized. In very rare but severe cases, you may also require surgery.

Once bleeding has stopped
Squeeze the contents of vitamin E and vitamin A capsules into the lining of your nose to promote healing and prevent dryness. As an alternative, you can also use zinc oxide, aloe vera gel, or calendula ointment, and then place a small gauze piece against the gel.

Self-Care Tips

Diet
Eat foods such as watercress, dark green leafy vegetables, kale, and alfalfa, all of which are rich sources of vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting.

Nutritional Supplementation
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids, especially rutin, should be taken on a daily basis if you are prone to nose bleed.

Aromatherapy
Lemon, lavender, cypress, and/or frankincense essential oils can be helpful.

Herbs
Use a snuff made from finely ground comfrey root or oak bark.

Homeopathy
Useful homeopathic remedies include Hyoscyamus, Chamomilla, Rhus tox., Ipecac., Belladonna, and Hamamelis.

Hydrotherapy
Apply an ice pack over your nose and to the back of your neck to stop bleeding more quickly.

Caution

If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional.

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