bleed refers to bleeding from the lining (mucous membrane)
of the nose. Nose bleed usually only occurs from one
nostril. In addition, it most commonly occurs during
childhood and usually is not serious.
adults, most nosebleeds occur due to trauma to in the
form of blows to the nose. Other causes include blowing
nose too forcefully; scratches from the fingernails;
irritating crust formations due to colds, infections,
or the flu; very dry atmospheric conditions; sudden
changes in atmospheric pressure; and/or nutrient deficiencies
(most commonly vitamin C and/or bioflavonoids). Reoccurring
nose bleeds might be a sign of a disease condition,
such as high blood pressure (hypertension), a tumor
in the nose or sinuses, or an internal bleeding disorder.
Blood thinners such as Coumadin or aspirin
can cause nose bleed. If this happens, notify your Health Coach
In cases of recurring nose bleed or nose bleed
that does not stop, seek immediate medical attention.
In addition, if your nose starts to bleed following
a blow to the head, it may be a sign that you have a
fracture in the skull. Get to a hospital immediately.
Sit down with head tipped forward. Stay in
a cool room.
to do Immediately
When there is no danger of skull fracture, do the following
Sit, lean forward, blow all blood out of both nostrils,
open your mouth and breathe deeply. As you do so, pinch
the lower part of your nose for 5 to 10 minutes, then
slowly release pressure and avoid any further contact
or pressure with your nose. If your nose bleed continues
beyond the first 20 minutes of doing this, pack your
nose with gauze and apply crushed ice within a cloth
against your nose and cheek. Then lie down and refrain
from any motion or activity for another 30 to 60 minutes.
If bleeding still continues, see a Health Coach, as you may
need to have the lining of your nose cauterized. In
very rare but severe cases, you may also require surgery.
bleeding has stopped
Squeeze the contents of vitamin E and vitamin A capsules
into the lining of your nose to promote healing and
prevent dryness. As an alternative, you can also use
zinc oxide, aloe vera gel, or calendula ointment, and
then place a small gauze piece against the gel.
Eat foods such as watercress, dark green leafy
vegetables, kale, and alfalfa, all of which are rich
sources of vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids, especially rutin, should
be taken on a daily basis if you are prone to nose bleed.
Lemon, lavender, cypress, and/or frankincense
essential oils can be helpful.
Use a snuff made from finely ground comfrey
root or oak bark.
Useful homeopathic remedies include Hyoscyamus,
Chamomilla, Rhus tox., Ipecac., Belladonna, and Hamamelis.
Apply an ice pack over your nose and to the
back of your neck to stop bleeding more quickly.
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures,
seek the help of a qualified health professional.
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