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A nonstop nosebleed sign can be more frightening, especially if your child is involved. However, although nosebleeds can occur suddenly, most are not a serious cause for concern and are usually resolved with home care.
The surface coating of your nose contains several blood vessels and only the slightest injury or irritation is all it takes to trigger bleeding. Nosebleeds are common in children and adults, but some nosebleeds are more severe, in which case you should consult a doctor. Here are common causes of nosebleeds, different ways to manage nosebleeds at home, and advice on when to speak to a doctor.
When should you worry about nosebleeds?
Most adults and children will have at least one nosebleed in their life. In most cases, the bleeding will stop after a few minutes of self-care. Other times, nosebleeds have symptoms that may necessitate seeing a doctor.
When should children see a doctor for nosebleeds?
Understandably, a nosebleed in your child can cause panic. However, keep in mind that nosebleeds are common in children. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should ignore every nosebleed. Some nosebleeds are minor and you will notice blood dripping or running from your child’s nose. It can bleed from one nostril or both. Emergency home care helps stop bleeding. However, you should talk to a doctor if:
- Nosebleeds do not stop after 20 minutes of direct pressure, especially if your child has an injury to the head or face. Serious injuries can affect the nose or skull.
- Care should be taken if there is an object stuck in your child’s nose.
- If your child has other symptoms such as dizziness, headache, tiredness, vomiting, or difficulty breathing, see a doctor. This could indicate too much blood loss or blood dripping from their throat.
When should adults see a doctor for a nonstop nosebleed sign?
Even if you are used to nosebleeds as an adult, you should not ignore some of the symptoms.
- Similar to a child, call your doctor if the nosebleed does not stop after 20 minutes of direct pressure or if you lose a lot of blood (more than a glass).
- You should also talk to your doctor if you experience breathing, retching or vomiting problems due to blood dripping from your throat.
- This face, which is causing your head serious injury or nosebleeds, also needs medical attention.
- If you have bleeding from other parts of your body (such as the ears or rectum), this could indicate internal bleeding, blood clotting problems, or blood vessel disorders.
Both adults and children should be examined by a doctor for recurrent, frequent nosebleeds, even minor ones. This could indicate an ongoing problem in the nose, perhaps nasal growths or nasal polyps.
What causes nosebleeds?
If you or your child has a nosebleed, don’t panic. A few things can trigger minor bleeding. For example:
- minor injury to the nose
- colds, sinusitis, and allergies
- dry air
- blowing your nose too hard
- overuse of nasal decongestant sprays
- high altitudes
- chemical irritants
- blood-thinning medications
How to stop nosebleeds?
You can stop occasional nosebleeds in adults and children with the following methods.
- Stay upright. Sitting upright helps blood flow from your nose and prevents it from dripping down your throat. Blood dripping from your throat can cause vomiting and nausea.
- Use cold therapy. Applying a cold compress to the bridge of your nose helps your blood vessels in your nose narrow, which can stop bleeding.
- Blow your nose gently once. This helps remove blood clots in your nostrils.
- Squeeze your nose for 5 minutes. Gently squeeze for at least 5 minutes without leaving the soft part of your nose. Pressure in your nasal septum can stop blood flow. Repeat as needed for up to 15 minutes.
- Use a damp cloth. Do not put gauze or tissue in your nostril or your child’s nostril. Instead, hold a damp cloth over your nose to help absorb the blood.
How to prevent nosebleeds?
If you or your child have nosebleeds – perhaps due to sinusitis, allergies, or other known conditions – the following methods may be effective to reduce the frequency:
- Use saline nasal drops as directed to keep your nasal passage moist.
- Use moisturizer when allergies or colds cause nosebleeds.
- Do not blow your nose too hard.
- Try to quit smoking (smoking can dry and irritate your nasal passage).
- Trim your child’s nails and stop messing with their nose.
- Wear protective face gear when playing certain sports.
- Open your mouth when sneezing to prevent damage to the blood vessels in your nose.