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Why is my nose bleeding? 5 possible causes

Although they typically happen in children, adult nosebleeds can happen at any time. They can also be triggered by a number of reasons but for the most part they can be treated at home and should be no cause for concern.

Not sure what sprung the leak? Other than the obvious blow to the head, here are some common nosebleed culprits.


Dry Air Don’t Care
Long winters and dry air can wreak havoc on the nasal passages. The lack of moisture dries out nasal membranes causing cracks and nosebleeds.

Prevention Tip: Use a humidifier or saline spray to keep nasal passages moist.

Your Medication
Yes, certain medications like blood thinners, aspirin, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can trigger a nosebleed. These medicines make it harder for the blood to clot so even the tiniest bump can cause a bloody nose and make it harder to stop one.

’Tis but a Scratch
Although more common with kids, “itching” your nose not only exposes yourself to germs but can cause a nosebleed by scratching or cutting a blood vessel.

Cold and Allergies
When dealing with a cold or allergies, the nasal blood vessels can become inflamed and cause congestion.

Of course you then look back at how you took the whole breathing thing for granted. Right?

But nonetheless you blow your nose to hopefully relive some of the congestion only to find that your repeated and forceful efforts has prompted a nosebleed. To prevent this from occurring, limit the tissues and find relief with over-counter-medication to help with cold or allergy symptoms.

Underlying Health Conditions
Certain chronic conditions like, hypertension, congestive heart failure, or hemophilia as well as other hereditary health conditions such as abnormal growth of blood vessels or a deviated septum can also be the cause of sudden nosebleeds.

No matter the cause, here are a few tips to help stop a nosebleed:
1. Sit upright & lean forward
2. Pinch the nose
3. Apply an ice pack to the nose and cheeks

If bleeding can’t be stopped after 10 minutes of at-home care or the nosebleed occurs more than once a week, seek medical care.