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The Nose Knows: What to Do If You Suffer from Chronic Nosebleeds

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Most people will experience a nosebleed at one time or another in their life, whether it comes from accidentally taking a baseball in the face or just sneezing a little too vigorously. But when you're more prone to nosebleeds, it can be extremely annoying to constantly have to stop your everyday life to stand over a sink for five or so minutes, especially if you have a more physically active life. So if you suffer from frequent nosebleeds and are wondering how to help yourself stop bleeding and get back to life, then here's what you need to know.

Invest in Jelly

Petroleum jelly, that is. Made out of a mixture of hydrocarbons, petroleum jelly is a semi-solid gel that you can use to treat everything from toe fungus to diaper rash—and that includes nosebleeds. Lots of nosebleeds are caused by the inside of the nose just getting too dry (whether because of the climate of the place you live or due to other factors like your running the AC constantly), causing the nose to bleed when any bit of force is applied to it. Petroleum jelly's hydrating powers are well known to those with constantly chapped lips or hands, but applying a bit to the top of a q-tip and rubbing it in the inside of your nose once a day (or whenever you feel particularly dry, or after a nosebleed) can help keep the inside of your nose moisturized and flexible, cutting down on the amount of nosebleeds you'll get.

Use a Humidifier

If the petroleum jelly alone isn't cutting it, however, you may have to take a different approach to preventing your nose from bleeding, such as increasing the humidity in your home. Dry air in your home can come from many factors, but the most common cause is from having either air conditioning or a fan blowing on and in your nose all night long. An easy solution to avoiding an all-night drying session, then, is to use a humidifier. These little devices, easily found at your local supermarket, inject moisture into the air in your home, keeping your nasal passages lubricated when you're not awake enough to do it yourself. While this alone might not solve your nosebleed problem, it will certainly help to prevent your nose from getting too dry, which should prevent at least a few nosebleeds.

Talk to Your Doctor

Believe it or not, frequent nosebleeds could be a sign of an underlying health issue you've lived with for years and never noticed or one you've recently acquired. Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), for example, is a genetic anatomic deformity where your blood vessels form incorrectly, leading to long and frequent nosebleeds. Middle ear barotrauma, usually caused by ascending or descending too quickly while diving or in a plane, can also lead to nosebleeds, among other symptoms. More seriously, frequent and uncontrollable nosebleeds can also be a sign of nasopharynx cancer (cancerous tumors in the upper part of the throat where it attaches to your nasal passages). These aren't the only health conditions that can present with nosebleeds, but no matter what you suspect the cause may be, you should go in to talk to your doctor or make an appointment with a healthcare providers such as Premier Health LLC if you suffer from frequent nosebleeds and the above methods don't provide any relief.