Nothing to worry if your nose bleeds in winter

February 1, 2015: We get concerned if our nose starts bleeding, but according to Dr. James Stankiewicz, chair of the otolaryngology department at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill, nosebleed is common during the winter season.

Cold winter air dries our nose and irritates it; as a result, it creates heat, which causes bleeding,? explained Dr. James Stankiewicz.

Nosebleeding in winter is more common among senior people because their mucous membranes are not very lush and dry winter air causes thinning blood vessels in the nose to break, Dr. James Stankiewicz explained. “Women who are post-menopausal are especially vulnerable to nosebleeds because of the decrease in estrogen that increases bodily fluids. Anyone who is taking blood thinners such as an aspirin regimen or Coumadin also is prone to nosebleeds,” Stankiewicz added.

Suggested solutions

Dr. James Stankiewicz suggests the following solutions:

  • When you get a nosebleed, tilt your head back and put pressure on the nostrils for about five minutes.
  • Apply ice because the cold will cause blood vessels to constrict, which slows blood flow.
  • Put petroleum jelly on cotton pads and insert them into your nostrils.
  • Go to the doctor if the bleeding is profuse and will not stop.

Tips to prevent nosebleed in winter

  • Keep your room warm and free of humidity before going to bed.
  • A dab of petroleum jelly on either side of the septum, two times per day, will aid moisture.
  • Saline sprays and specialized gels and ointments can also be used.

Source: University Medical Center

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