IntroductionThe sight of blood may be unexpected, but nosebleeds are actually quite common and rarely life threatening. Nasal irritation and low humidity most frequently cause nosebleeds. In most cases, nosebleeds can be stopped with self-care. Simply squeeze your nostrils and lean forward for 5 to 10 minutes. You should have your doctor examine you if you experience recurrent nosebleeds, as they may be caused by an underlying medical condition, such as high blood pressure.
DiagnosisYou should contact your doctor if you have repeated frequent nosebleeds. Your doctor will examine you to determine the cause. You should seek emergency medical care if a nosebleed does not stop after 20 minutes or if bleeding occurs after injury.
PreventionSome people are able to prevent nosebleeds by using a humidifier or vaporizer during the cold winter months or in regions with low humidity.
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