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Nosebleeds

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Nosebleeds, or medically known as “epistaxis,” happen when blood flows from one or both nostrils. It may involve light or heavy blood flow and may last for a few seconds to several minutes. 

Causes

Inside the nose are tiny, sensitive blood vessels. When damaged, epistaxis happens. The following are the most common causes of nosebleeds:

  • Blowing your nose very hard
  • Picking your nose
  • An injury to your nose 
  • An injury to the head
  • Changes in humidity or temperature which causes the inside of the nose to dry up

Nosebleeds are common and most people will experience them. However, they most often affect:

  • Children between two and ten years old
  • Older adults
  • Pregnant women
  • People who are taking anticoagulants or aspirin
  • People who are suffering from haemophilia, a blood clotting disorder

Visit your nearest ModernMD clinic to seek immediate medical care:

  • The bleeding is the result of an injury
  • The bleeding does not stop and you are taking an anticoagulant (blood thinner)
  • The bleeding does not stop and you have haemophilia or any blood clotting disorder
  • The child experiencing nosebleeds is under two years old
  • You are also experiencing heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and have a pale complexion (anaemia) 
  • Your nosebleeds come and go regularly
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