In the world of modern medicine it is understood that most nosebleeds come from the anterior area of the the nose. This area is the inner lining of the nose and is located in the front of the nasal passage.
When a nosebleed occurs in the posterior area of the nose it can be more serious and harder to stop. This area is located in the inner lining of the nose and is in the back of the nasal passage.
Only your Ear Nose and Throat Doctor can determine the cause of your nosebleed.
ENT Birmingham – Six Common Nosebleed Causes
- Infection- Staphylococcal or more commonly referred to as “Staph” can cause nosebleed if the infection is located in the front part of the nose. Another condition that can cause nosebleed is chronic sinusitis, however, this is less common.
- Hypertension- High blood pressure especially in elderly patients can cause nosebleeds to occur in the posterior region of the nose. This can be harder to stop and surgery is sometimes needed to correct the issue. If you suffer from this type of nosebleed, your Ear Nose and Throat Doctor will help you determine how serious your condition is.
- Drying- In the wintertime, the nasal passages dry out due to lack of humidity in the air. This makes the nasal lining to dry out and crack which can result in a nosebleed.
- Trauma- The mucus membrane was designed to allow air to easily flow into the nasal passage. This thin membrane however can be easily damaged by fingers, abrasive tissue and other objects. Depending on the severity and frequency of the trauma, this type of nosebleed can occur daily.
- Anticoagulants- For those who are taking medications that thin the blood such as Aspirin, Warfarin and Plavix, this may increase the risk of developing a nosebleed. Those taking these medications should avoid any type of trauma because bleeding could become quite serious and hard to stop.
- Nasal Spray- Nasal sprays both over the counter and prescription can cause trauma to the nose if used improperly. When taking an anticoagulant, one must be very careful while using nasal spray.
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