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Nosebleeds - October 15th 2012, 07:40 PM

Hi

I'm a pretty sinusy person anyway...I have hayfever all summer and coughs and sneezes all winter.

I'm just over a particularly bad cough which I had to have antibiotics for. I'm a lot better but sometimes I still get the occassional bit of mucus coming up when I cough. (Sorry I know that's horrible )

Last night this was what I thought was happening and ended up bringing up some blood, which I then established was coming from a nosebleed.

It freaked me out, it probably wasnt a lot of blood but I rarely get nosebleeds. I did mention it to my GP once, who said it was just sinus related.

I've had no more issues today but it was just before I was going to bed last night, and then I was scared to go to sleep in case I choked or something.

What do I do if this happens again? Any advice, especially as regards sleeping?
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Re: Nosebleeds - October 18th 2012, 07:10 AM

Hey there,

Nosebleeds are always a horrible thing and I get it sometimes too when I have a cold. At night they are even more scary, they're usually caused by dry air and your nose being too dry. Honestly you will probably wake up if your nose starts bleeding but if you are worried about it perhaps lie on your side. If you do start getting frequent nosebleeds at night perhaps talk to your doctor and they will be able to help you with it.

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Re: Nosebleeds - October 18th 2012, 07:59 AM

Hey there,

I can not diagnose or give you 100% medical advice, if you want to make sure you're alright you must go to your Doctor.

However, I am sure you're fine and it was just a once in a while nose bleed. If you're worried about 'choking' in your sleep. Sleep in a 'fetal' position to make sure your airway stays clear if one was to occur in your sleep. If you get a nose bleed, Sit forward, Look straight ahead slightly down and hold paper towels to your nose until it stops.


EDIT: People use to say to tilt your head back, Do not do this, it will cause blood to run down the back of your throat and go into your stomach.


   
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Re: Nosebleeds - October 18th 2012, 08:00 AM

A nosebleed every once in a while is no biggie. Now, if you get to the point where you get 15+ in one month like I used to? THAT'S a problem.

If you get another nosebleed, just grab some tissues and use your fingers (on the hand not holding the tissues), and pinch the bridge of your nose. Just apply constant pressure for a while, and it should help the nosebleed stop.
   
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Re: Nosebleeds - October 19th 2012, 05:24 PM

Everything everyone else said here, and (some of my tips from my experience):

When you have a nosebleed, breathing in through the nose, helps to dry the blood out faster and stop the nose bleed. A dry nose is not really a good idea though. It causes your skin to crack more easily and cause more nosebleeds, so only breathe in through your nose when you have a nosebleed, and after it stops, perhaps douse it with water a little to give it some moisture. If you can get a specific moisture cream from a chemist or pharmacist for rubbing inside your nose, it would be the best.

And when you breathe in through your nose, I don't mean snort it, lol. I told someone to breathe in through their nose once and they started snorting like an idiot then chocked on the... just don't do it.

Also holding the top of your nose firmly on both sides, reduces blood flow to the nose and reduces blood pressure in the nose. Means it bleeds less and stops more easily. This doesn't work for everyone though. It works for me.


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