Nosebleeds are common for most of us and usually the sight is more frightening than the cause. Most nosebleeds can be cured at home however in some situations it is advisable to visit a doctor. The nosebleeds that need looking into are those caused by no visible external or internal injury. At these times it is best to go in for a medical check up to determine the cause.
Nosebleeds occurring due to internal causes could be due to the inability of the body to clot blood. Sometimes our blood thins because of medication or some liver related problems and in these cases, if the body is unable to clot the blood it will result in nosebleeds. A nasal cancer or leukemia could also be the reason behind nosebleeds and sometimes bleeding is caused if a blood vessel in your nose bursts. When nosebleeds stem from the vessels at the end of your nose it can be dangerous. This type of nosebleed is more common with the elderly due to high blood pressure, atherosclerosis or bleeding disorders.
In case of a nosebleed, sit down while leaning forward. By keeping you head above the heart can stop or at least slow the bleeding. Leaning forward will ensure than the blood is expelled through your nose since if lean back, the blood may flow through your throat and to your stomach. Next squeeze the soft portion of your nose with your thumb and index finger. The soft portion is located at between the end of your nose and the bridge of your nose.
For the normal nosebleeds, you can follow a few tips to avoid it. If nosebleeds are frequent and severe the best strategy for you would be to have a medical examination to find out the cause and if it is serious.