Most all of us have had a nosebleed at one time or another.
In this week's Eye on Health, Carla Burbidge tells us why they happen and what you should do when you get one.
The nose contains many small blood vessels that bleed easy, so nosebleeds are quite common. Ear, Nose and Throat Physician, Dr. Robert Thomas sees many of them. In fact, in this case, he is cauterizing a blood vessel in the nose , in other words, gently burning it, to take care of the possibility of bleeding.
Sometimes this procedure is necessary , but for most nosebleeds he says applying pressure should take care of it.
Dr. Robert Thomas Trinity Health
"put pressure on either side of the nose, and hold for five minutes, should not last longer than five or ten minutes, if it does you might need further help"
Most at risk for nosebleeds are older people because the lining of the nose is thinner, anyone on blood thinners, and kids, often from picking at the nose.
He says in North Dakota, the main issue, is our dry climate.
Dr. Thomas " we have low humidity the lining cracks and then bleeds, you have dry noses"
He says you can get gels or sprays to keep you nose moist.
He says the main message he would like to pass along is that nosebleeds can be dramatic, just stay calm.
Dr. Thomas, "the blood is not as much as you think it is very rare that the blood lose is life threatening"
For Eye on Health
I'm Carla Burbidge