(All you need to know about nosebleeds, and what to do when you have one.)

Hello wonderful readers, it’s  another beautiful week, and we all know what that means; new blessings, and of course a new Health Hub article! Today we’re going to talk about NOSEBLEEDS. A subject that intrigues many. From not knowing what causes it, to not knowing what to do when it comes etc etc, we’re gonna tackle it all today. Let’s get right into it shall we?

Nosebleeds known medically as epistaxis, is basically bleeding from the inside of your nose. A lot of people have occasional nosebleeds, especially kids and the elderly. They can be scary, but they're generally no cause for alarm, until say they occur more than once in one week or they last too long. 

What causes them? The lining of your nose contains many tiny blood vessels that lie close to the surface and can easily get damaged. The most common causes of nosebleeds are:
1.    Dry, harsh air. (Like what we experience in Harmattan.) When your nasal membranes dry out, they're more likely to bleed.
2.    Frequent Nose picking
3.    Acute sinus infection
4.    Allergies
5.    Taking Aspirin
6.    Bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia
7.    Taking medications called ‘Blood thinners’ for eg. warfarin and heparin.
8.    Common cold
9.    Foreign bodies in the nose
10.  Trauma to the nose
11.  Chronic Alcohol intake
12.  Nasal tumors and Nasal polyps (much less common though)

What to do when you have a nosebleed?

1.    Sit up and lean your head forward. When you’re upright, you reduce blood pressure in the veins of your nose to discourage more bleeding. Sitting forward helps to avoid swallowing blood, which can irritate the stomach.


2.    Pinch your nose. Use your thumb and index finger to pinch your nostrils shut and breathe through your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes. Pinching sends pressure to the bleeding point on the nasal septum and stops the flow of blood.

3.    To prevent re-bleeding, don't pick or blow your nose and don't bend down for several hours after the bleeding episode. Keep your head high and apply some vaseline or shea butter to the inside of your nose. 

Please seek professional medical attention if;
     The bleeding lasts for more than 30 minutes
     You begin to feel faint or lightheaded
     The nosebleed is as a result of an accident, a fall or an injury to your head, or punch in the face that broke your nose.
     You experience nosebleeds more than once a week.

Let’s take note and share as well! Have a wonderful week! 
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