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    Blood from one of the nostrils. What might be the symptom?


    Have you faced problems like blood oozing out of your nose? There can be any number of reasons for the same and one does need to take it seriously. Check out this thread for details from our experienced members.

    When I was washing my face after brushing the teeth, I found blood from the left nostrils and was alarmed to see three drops of blood on the ground. Immediately I washed the face again and the oozing stopped. What may be the reason for blood drops? Is that because of the onset of severe summer during the day? Or is it something connected to ENT issues? Please advise.
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  • The following are the general reasons for bleeding from nose.
    1.Dryness and nose picking
    2. Injuries
    3.Cold
    4.allergies
    5. hardening of the arteries
    6. infections,
    7. high blood pressure,
    8. blood clotting disorders
    9. taking drugs that interfere with blood clotting, such as aspirin.

    Generally no treatment is required for this problem. If bleeding is continuous for 20 minutes then you can see a doctor.

    You can try the following first aid measures.
    1. Sit up , lean forward slightly and breathe through your mouth.
    2. With your thumb and index finger, pinch the entire front of your nose (and hold for five minutes.

    drrao
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  • Most of the times this would not be an alarming situation and is caused by the rupture of the soft blood capillaries in the deep nose and throat reasons. Sometimes in the flu or cold condition due to forceful sneezing or coughing or frequent nose blowing these soft tissues are ruptured and a little of blood oozes out from them and comes out from the nostrils. Generally seeing the blood people would get cautious and worried but there is nothing like that and one can go to the doctor for the detailed analysis.

    There are two main such sources in the nose one is the deep nose or posterior nose and other is the front or anterior nose. If the blood is coming from the posterior part frequently then it becomes a serious concern. Sometimes due to the dryness in the nasal cavity such occasional blood show can happen. If one is taking some medication like antihistamines and decongestants for allergies, colds, or sinus problems then that can also create a lot of dryness in the nasal membranes and can cause this occasional nose bleeding.

    There could be many background causes which only a qualified doctor can pinpoint and some of them are -

    1. High blood pressure.
    2. Injury to the nose.
    3. Picking the nose.
    4. Cancer.
    5. Blood clotting disorders.
    6. Foreign object stuck in the nose.
    7. Upper respiratory infection.
    8. Chemical irritaion or allergic reaction.
    9. Bleeding disorders.

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  • It is mainly due to excess heat as the season is summer, you can tap little cold water on your forehead and take rest for 10 minutes providing immediate relief.
    Reduce your body heat by drinking lots of fluids, butter milk. Your castrol oil for head, eye lids to provide a good sleep.
    Stay away from dusty areas, cover your nose if your presence in inevitable.
    If all these doesnot work, meet your family doctor who can provide the best suggestions.

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  • Though I move a lot and this time the summer has not set in Hyderabad and it is tolerable to move about and never in the past, I experienced such thing and therefore got a little worried.

    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • The nostril contains numerous vessels supporting warm condition and this helps us in the process of smooth breathing. These vessels close to the surface, make them easy to injury. Such type of nose bleeding is common in the elderly and is often due to high blood pressure, daily intake of aspirin or suffering from bleeding disorder. It may intensify with the ageing of the patients.
    However, the situation has to be tackled if bleeding continues exceeding the period of 20 minutes.
    A nose bleed can occur as a result of sudden fall or meeting with a road - accident.
    Frequent nosebleeds may mean you may have a more serious problem.
    The other symptoms may indicate the following conditions
    1) Leukaemia
    2) Tumor inside the nostril ( both cancerous or non cancerous one)
    3) Suffering from blood clotting disorder.
    4) Using blood thinning medicines
    5) Respiratory infection etc
    Home Remedy
    1) In case, you have a nose bleed, sit down and lean slightly forward.
    2) Sitting straight will arrest the flow of bleeding.
    3) Lean forward so that the excess blood will drain out of the nose. Leaning back will cause swallowing of the blood irritating the stomach.
    4) Hold your nostril until the bleeding stops. It may take even at least 15 minutes.
    You may have the appointment with the doctor if
    1) The bleeding continues beyond 20 minutes.
    2) You have met with a road accident as a result of sudden fall or hitting your head with a firm object.
    3) You have the tendency of nose bleeding very often.

  • Simple bleeding that causes blood loss from the tissue or blood vessels from the nose is called nosebleed or in the medical term "epistaxis". Sometimes the bleeding can be light and few drops of blood may show up but at times it can be heavy and takes minutes to control. Heavy bleeding from the nose is frightening and needs to attend by visiting a doctor. For normal bleeding, it can be treated at home.

    Q: What may be the reason for blood drops?
    A: The reasons for the bleeding can vary according to the situation, age and condition of the person. Some of the common ones are as follows:
    - Picking your nose - Many have the habit of putting their finger and picking their nose. If you have grown nails, it can tear and cause bleeding.
    - Climate - When the climate is hot and humid or even cold, it causes the nose to dry and crack. Due to over-drying inside the nose, one can see blood drops through the nostrils.
    - Blowing nose very hard - When you have nose congestion, one tends to blow the nose very hard causing it to bleed.
    - Nose injury - While playing or fighting, we might get hurt on the nose and that can cause bleeding.
    - Overusing nasal decongestants - Many have the habit of using nasal decongestants but without following the instructions provided and that causes bleeding.
    - Using Medications - Many people use blood-thinning medicines that can also cause bleeding from the nose.
    - Sinus infection - Some times even people suffering from sinusitis can have a bleeding nose.
    - In older people, it can be due to atherosclerosis i.e. hardening of the arteries.
    - hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) - A genetic disorder that leads to abnormal blood vessel formation in the skin, mucous membranes.
    - It can be early signs of leukemia, blood clotting, blood vessel disorder or a nasal tumor.
    - It can also be due to infections, high blood pressure and blood clotting disorders.

    Q: What are some of the preventive measures for bleeding nose?
    A: Some of the precautionary measure that one needs to follow while having a bleeding nose are:
    a) Try to avoid nose picking and always keep your nails short.
    b) Sit down and lean forward keeping your head above your heart position. This will help to slow the bleeding and get control of the bleeding.
    c) Using your thumb and index finger, squeeze the bony ridge i.e. bridge of your nose for at least 5 minutes or till bleeding stops. If it doesn't stop, hold for another 5 minutes.
    d) During hot or cold climate, keep your room humidifier to avoid drying of your nose.
    e) When playing or activities that can cause head injury, always wear headgear or head guard to avoid heat or nose injury.
    f) Try to blow your nose gently or use water to blow your nose as it will eliminate force or pressure.
    g) When using nasal decongestant, always follow the instructions that are written with it for safety.
    h) Place an ice bag or simply ice covered by a towel on the nose can ease bleeding of the nose.
    i) Stand tall with your head upright reduces the blood pressure and prevent bleeding from the nose.

    Q: When should one consult a doctor or ENT for a bleeding nose?
    A: Normally Nosebleeds aren't harmful or a cause to worry but one should consult ENT or a doctor when:
    - You have nosebleed regularly or it comes and goes often.
    - While having a nose bleed, you're having difficulty in breathing.
    - You have lost a lot of blood by heavy nose bleeding.
    - The bleeding has not stopped for over 20 minutes or have a clotting disorder such as hemophilia, anemia or taking blood-thinning medicine (anticoagulant).
    - The bleeding of the nose is due to a serious injury, a hit on the face of by a fall.
    - Children below 2 years should be taken to the doctor for consultation.
    - Vomiting caused due to swallowing of large amounts of blood.

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  • Nosebleeds are a more common one. It can be scary when it leads to a serious medical problem. More blood vessels are present which are close to the front and back of the nose and it can bleed very easily. Most commonly this problem is found in adults and also in children who are aged between 3 and 10. Nosebleeds are of 2 types.
    1. Anterior Nosebleed
    2. Posterior Nosebleed
    Anterior Nosebleed happens when blood vessels in the front nose break and bleed. Posterior Nosebleed happens in the back or at the deep part of the nose. The blood flows down at the back of the throat and it can be dangerous too.

    Factors affecting Nosebleeds:
    Infrequent or sudden nosebleeds can be a dangerous one and if you are having frequent nosebleeds it can lead to a serious problem. Dry air is the most common problem of nosebleeds. When we are living in a dry climate and when we use a heating system, it can dry out our nasal membranes which are tissues inside the nose. Dryness can cause crusting inside the nose and it can lead to itching and often it bleed. When we take antihistamines and decongestants for allergic problems, it can also dry out nasal membranes and often cause nosebleeds. Other factors affecting nosebleeds are as follows.
    1. Chemical irritants.
    2. Allergic reaction
    3. Picking nose
    4. Repeated sneezing
    5. Cold air
    6. Large doses of aspirin
    7. High blood pressure
    8. Blood clotting disorders

    Preventing Nosebleeds:
    We must use a humidifier in the house to keep the air moist. Always avoid picking your nose. Limit the intake of aspirin because it makes thin and leads to nosebleeds. Always use antihistamines and decongestants in moderate condition. Use gel or saline spray to keep nasal passages moist.

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  • As the bleeding had stopped after just a couple of blood drops, I feel there are nothing worry and panic.

    Our nose has very fine capillaries supplying blood inside. They are located very close to the surface. Hence there is always the possibility of small abrasions happening when we wash our face or picking our nose when our hands or fingers hit and cause abrasion or cut the capillaries. This can be more probable when the fingernails are sharp. In such cases, the bleeding will stop soon if wash again with cold water or sponge or mildly press the place with a soft cloth. In your case also the bleeding stopped soon. So the reason can be as said here.

    Another reason can be very warm weather. But you have eliminated that reason.

    There can be bleeding when you one has a severe cold. When a person clears his nose by strong sneezing or using nasal drops more than prescribed dosage or frequency and indulges in clearing the nose by force or pressure, there can be bleeding.

    If there is a boil inside nostrils, then also it can bleed when the boil breaks during our routine cleaning or nose picking.

    Then there can be bleeding when there is infection to sinuses, a situation like rhinitis, etc. or other causes related to ENT.

    There can be more serious reasons for bleeding from nose including injuries to the head and internal organs like lungs and stomach in some special cases.

    But in all logic and positive thinking, your temporary and small bleeding is due to reasons in the first para.
    However, in case bleeding recurs or you feel some discomfort inside the nose then you can consult a doctor.


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