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Firm pressure stops most nosebleeds

August 11, 2012
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Not much has changed in two years. If your nose bleeds with such frequency, you must make an appointment with an ear, nose and throat doctor. The fact that it always bleeds on the right side is another matter that needs explanation. The doctor can examine your nose to see if there are any growths that are responsible. He or she will check your blood to look for any clotting problems you might have. High blood pressure usually doesn’t cause a nosebleed. It does, however, promote brisk bleeding.

When your nose starts to drip blood, sit in a chair and lean slightly forward to keep blood from trickling down your throat. Press both nostrils firmly between your thumb and index finger for at least 10 minutes. That ought to stop the bleeding. If it doesn’t, press the nostrils for an additional 15 minutes.

A dry nasal lining often bleeds without much provocation. Check your home’s humidity. It should be between 40 percent and 60 percent. If it isn’t, get a humidifier. Coat your lower inner nostril at its bottom with a light film of petroleum jelly. (Readers, this is safe. A light coat isn’t going to enter the lungs.) When you sneeze, do so through your mouth. Don’t bend over at the waist to pick up an object. Retrieve it by bending at the knees. Don’t blow your nose forcefully, ever.

Are you taking medicines that thin the blood, like aspirin, Coumadin or one of the newer ones? If you are, tell this to the doctor who prescribed these medicines. A dose adjustment might stop your bleeding.

Write Dr. Donohue at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, Fla. 32853-6475.

Article source: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/health/paul-donohue/d96857e6-ed85-5b84-a50b-82f030ae8842.html

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