Nosebleeds are usually nothing more than a nuisance, particularly frustrating because they can surface anywhere and anytime. A nose bleed, during a family dinner (or during a first date), can be more than a little awkward. Typically, those stop pretty quickly, especially if you use a little direct pressure.
But nosebleeds are supposed to be rare. So you may feel a bit anxious if you are having frequent nosebleeds. After all, from the time we’re young kids, we’re conditioned to associate bleeding with injury. So the feeling that something might be wrong when your nose bleeds frequently is not unusual.
Frequent nosebleeds – what’s the cause?
Actually, there are several reasons why you may experience frequent nosebleeds, including the following.
Environmental causes: Low humidity is the most common cause of frequent nosebleeds. Dry air can irritate your nose, and lead to a bloody nose.
Behavior: If you routinely and intensely blow your nose it could lead to nosebleeds.
Medication: There are some medications that can cause repeated nosebleeds. You should consult us about any medication you’re taking if you experiencing a spike in nosebleeds.
Structural issues: Sometimes, your nose is simply shaped a bit differently. These congenital problems can lead to more frequent nosebleeds over time.
Health conditions: Your body’s ability to clot blood can be restricted by certain medical conditions. As a result of any of these conditions, you may experience frequent nosebleeds.
Growths in the sinuses: In some cases, a polyp or tumor can grow in your sinuses. Regular nosebleeds can occur when this is the situation.
Colds and allergies: Sometimes, those mucus membranes can really become dehydrated from an allergic reaction or a cold. And as you may have expected, more frequent nosebleed can be the result.
This list includes some relatively trivial health concerns, as well as some disconcerting ones. So how can you tell when you should be worried or when it’s time to go see your doctor about your nosebleeds?
When should nosebleeds be treated by your physician?
The first thing to understand is that if you have any worries about your nosebleeds, it’s a good idea to get a consultation. Some peace of mind is never a bad thing! In general, you should make an appointment with us if:
- You’re currently having repeated nosebleeds and you have not seen a doctor before for this issue.
- Your nosebleeds are getting more difficult to stop and are becoming more frequent.
If necessary, we will help you determine how to stop your nosebleeds and also identify their source.
When to get emergency care for your nosebleeds
There are some emergency medical conditions that can trigger frequent nosebleeds. You should get immediate emergency care if:
- The nosebleed happens in a child younger than two years old.
- Even after applying pressure for up to half an hour, your nose won’t stop bleeding.
- Your nosebleed is the result of or occurs directly after trauma and injury.
- Your nosebleed creates more blood than you were expecting. Simply put, head to the emergency room if the bleeding is alarmingly heavy.
- You’re having trouble breathing because of your nosebleed, even when you’re trying to breathe through your mouth.
- If you are going in for emergency care for a nosebleed, it’s crucial that you have someone drive you to the emergency department. A bleeding nose can impede your ability to safely drive.
- Getting lightheaded or losing consciousness while driving might make your medical condition considerably worse.
Listen to your nose
You should make an appointment if something seems off or you’re worried about recurring nosebleeds. If you’re experiencing a bloody nose a couple of times a month, as a general rule of thumb, it’s probable not a substantial issue. But if your nose is bleeding 4 (or more than 4) times in a week, that could suggest something more serious.