Patient Comments: Nosebleed - Symptoms and Remedies

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Comment from: Brad, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: December 08

I am 80 and today had the first nosebleed of my Life. Completely spontaneous. I was simply working at my laptop writing a letter when blood started pouring out of my right nostril. I grabbed a bunch of Kleenex and raced to the bathroom where I let the blood come out freely for a few minutes. Then I pinched my nose for 5 minutes, and that stopped it. Go figure!

Comment from: bruce, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 26

I have a low platelet count and had nose bleeds for 30 years. I finally got them under control. I use a small 15X makeup mirror and small penlight. Every morning I look in my nose for scabbing on the sides of the nostrils. If they appear, I drink 20 ounces of an electrolyte sport drink like Gatorade, or Nuun active tablets (healthier because no sugar). I wait 45 minutes and look again. Sometimes you need to do 40 ounces. Use a bit of saline spray to moisten the scabs, and sniff. The scabs break off and tissues return to pink.

Comment from: mayen, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

My nose bleeding lasts almost one minute, but this happen always on summer days. When the weather is hot, I expect I am going to have a nose bleeding. It is sometimes twice a day and always lasts almost a minute. And after nose bleeding headache will attack.

Comment from: RLM5555, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 19

I've had nosebleeds off and on pretty much my whole life. Some bleeds take only a few minutes to stop, others bleed much faster and take around 30 minutes to stop (though not often). At times when I was younger, my nose was so sensitive that even someone tapping my head would cause a bleed. The bleeding seemed to switch nostrils over the years which is odd because recently my nose doctor told me I have a deviated septum (inner part of nose basically shaped like a C). Thus when I breathe most of the air goes into my right nostril which dries it out and thus my body sends more blood to those vessels to try and keep it dry, once they dry too much and crack it bleeds. So it seems dryness is the culprit. Before I knew this I had both sides of my nose cauterized when I was younger (that doctor couldn't tell I had a deviated septum!) so don't get it cauterized if drying is the issue because that maybe lasted for about a year before it bled again. So now I use a product called Ponaris which is like a pine oil to keep it better moisturized and I also use saline spray. Though these products definitely help, it seems during the winter my nose will occasionally bleed and there's no amount of moisturizing that will be 100 percent preventive. If I'm sick I do everything I can not to blow my nose because I know that at any time it could bleed. I believe the only permanent solution for my situation is to get the deviated septum surgically fixed but I'm not going that route for now. Here are some tips to stop bleeds: if it is not bleeding superfast try to get some Neosporin in there with Q-tip to help seal the nose a bit. Sit down, stay cool (ice in mouth or packs on face), and relax. If you start getting nervous your heartbeat rises which slightly makes it bleed faster. Keep head above heart always. For me, sometimes a bad bleed seems to cause thick clots of blood that build up in the nasal passages, personally I have to have this cleared. I softly try to sniff that into my throat and spit it out like you do mucus and reapply pressure. If I have to, I will blow it out softly as I can. Breathe out through the mouth and breathe in through the nose, it may assist stop the bleeding. In my experience as bleeding slows down, if you breathe through the nose the air will help dry the bleeding vessel. Once again apply Neosporin, it will help seal it and maybe assist healing.

Comment from: Mary, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 30

I do not have nosebleeds routinely. Yesterday one started after blowing my nose, and was free flowing until ice was able to work, but still a trickle. My ENT cauterized the site, and it was diagnosed to be a septal varicose vein. That was a scary 4 hours.

Comment from: Odunayo, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 26

I have cold and catarrh, and while blowing my nose I found a little blood in my nose.

Comment from: laura, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 17

My nosebleeds last sometimes a couple hours and sometimes less.

Comment from: Chaco's mom, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

This is so helpful, thank you! Dry, forced-air heat in the winter, along with having the flu and blowing my nose often, are the culprits for my nosebleed, and it helps to have some simple preventive and corrective strategies. Thanks so much!

Comment from: Medical-Lazziness, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 22

My dad's nose has been bleeding for last 2 weeks and it happens every day. He has been to hospitals 4 times, plus he visits his family doctor. He is a heart patient, he takes aspirin regularly, been applying Vaseline, added a humidifier to the room, took 2 weeks off work; he had made the changes and been doing things to stop it but it has not. Doctors at hospital have only suggested one thing, it is cold outside and the heating dries up his nose, all 4 times, but there are other causes for nose bleed as well and none of those 4 doctors at emergency did any CT scan or x-ray scans. He was worried about loss of blood so he asked for blood count. I am not satisfied from the answer especially when he is doing everything. I am going to look into the nose spray and will insist on doing CT scan or x-ray scan next time. He is seeing a nose specialist in 3 days after the initial appointment (meet and greet).

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Comment from: NICOLEG25, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

My nose bleeds almost every day and has done so for the past 2 years and I have had several nasal procedures to stop them but they have not worked. My ENT told me he has no idea what to do and cannot help me so I deal with a nose bleed almost every day that takes me about 30 to 45 minutes to stop. I don't know what to do now but I know I cannot live like this!

Comment from: dlebow1, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 07

I am a male turning 66 next month. I really never had this issue previously, though I did have a broken nose when I was around 18. About maybe 2 plus years ago, I started having infrequent nosebleeds. I went to emergency room once where they instructed me to pinch my nose, tilt my head forward and allow it to bleed. It stopped in about an hour. I went to an ENT and he chemically cauterized the bleeder and the nosebleeds stopped. He mentioned I had a deviated septum and advised keeping my nose moist with saline spray, which I did and do, and to utilize Afrin when I felt irritation or had bleeding. After a short period of time I started having additional infrequent nosebleeds, once every couple weeks, which would last 20 to 30 minutes. I would stand near a sink and pinch my nose and they would stop. The episodes were very disconcerting. I would visit my ENT and he would typically chemically zap what he thought was a bleeding blood vessel. His examinations with his scope reiterated I had a deviated septum which caused extreme dryness of my right side nasal passage. I utilized Ocean Spray multiple times a day. At this point, he suggested I insert a wad of a cotton ball soaked in Afrin when the nosebleeds occurred. They were starting to be more frequent, randomly or after sneezing. This seems to control the bleeding and shortens their duration as they press on the blood vessels. I typically leave them in for 20 to 40 minutes depending on the severity of the nose bleed and when the blood dripping through the cotton ball stops. When the cotton plug is extracted there is typically a large clot of blood that also follows the cotton. Over the last 2 months I have probably had 25 plus episodes. The ENT has placed this light packing in a couple of areas in my right nostril and we have scheduled a septoplasty procedure for next week to repair my deviated septum. He is confident it should alleviate the frequent nosebleed as the deviation makes them extremely dry and it is impossible to treat the blood vessels affected. I will post the post-operation results but I sure hope he is correct. There is nothing good about trying to conduct a normal life when you never know when your nose is going to explode.

Comment from: MM, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

My nose bleeds almost daily and has for as long as I can remember. I am posting for others so maybe they can better understand their issue, if it is anything like mine. I do believe there are many contributing factors, non-seasonal, yearly allergies, living in a dry climate, and broken nose that had to be re-broken which removed more bone/cartilage, thinning the inner lining of my nostrils. I also have asthma. That has no direct relation to the cause of the nosebleeds; however, allergies turn into post-nasal drip, which in turn causes asthma (all nose-throat-ear-lung issues). I try and keep my nose dry and take an antihistamine almost daily. I cannot stand moisture in my nostrils and that is pretty much due to the re-breaking of my nose (the whole healing process). So, if you have issues with using an ointment or saline spray (like I do), use a humidifier at home. I have low blood pressure on top of Raynaud's syndrome. My hands, feet and tip of my nose are usually always cold. I am sure that helps my nose not full on drip blood every day, however, it still has blood in there just about every day. Recently, I have been taking ibuprofen for a foot injury and today, one nostril just started bleeding out of nowhere! I thought, ok! It didn't last long and I haven't had nosebleeds like that often. A doctor did confirm however, that when they re-broke my nose, they can tell some damage was done to the inner walls of my nostrils which are part of the reason. Anyway, saline spray and a humidifier seem to help. Staying well hydrated as well!

Comment from: SuzyQ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I have been getting nosebleeds for the last two years, mostly in the fall and winter. I drink a packet of Emergen C in a glass of water and it usually helps stop them. I also pinch my nose and use some Vaseline. I think recently some of the nose bleeds may be from stress.

Comment from: Louise, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

The nose bleed was very violent, in my left nostril. It seemed the blood just poured out and it lasted for about a quarter of an hour the first time. The 2nd time, about 5 hours later, was not quite so violent, but in both nostrils. It lasted about 10 minutes I think.

Comment from: Hutchie, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 22

First time nose bleed was at 67 years old. My nose bleed was excessive for fifteen minutes. I woke up with lots of congestion in nose and went to the bathroom to blow my nose, but before I could do so, the bleeding started and really scared me since it was very excessive and, it would not stop as I didn't know the proper procedures of stopping it. No pain associated with bleeding before or after. It has been three days and no bleeding so far. I am going to see a specialist for nose and sinus in a few days.

Comment from: Elaine, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I have had nose bleeding for about 3 years and am still having them. The doctor and specialist don't know what is wrong. I have had it tested, my blood pressure is ok and I am on blood thinners, but I have had the nose bleeds before I was on blood thinners. I am scared to go out because I don't know when it will start bleeding no one seems to know what to do to stop it .

Comment from: CrystJajji, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

Lately I have nose bleeds. It's like 3 to 4 times a day but not a heavy bleed and it is now occurring for 2 months and I am also experiencing headaches and a slight high temperature. I'm working in a graveyard shift but I'm taking ferrous sulfate and other vitamins to make me stay healthy.

Comment from: jimbo, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 10

I tried packing my nose with cotton balls coated with Vaseline; this did not work. I then pinched my nostrils together for about 15 minutes and lo and behold, it stopped!

Comment from: Milind, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 26

My 6 year old son has periodic nose bleeds in the middle of the night which happens in summer as well as winter. I assume it is because of his nasal passages drying out. This night he woke up with blood on his face and a lot of blood on his pillow and some drops on the bed. This happens when he plays a lot. I consulted a general physician and he advised us to visit a specialist.

Comment from: G1A, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

My nose has been bleeding for 4 months already, it usually happens when I wake up. It started when I was taking 1 gm of pantothenic acid a day and 250 mg of glutathione. I went to ENT doctor but until now I haven't find the answer for my problem. Biopsy was done and it was benign.

Comment from: Mic, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 01

My 5 year old daughter has allergies. She"s had nose bleeds in the middle of the night which only happens in winter. I assume it"s because of her nasal passages drying out. This night she woke up with blood all over her face and a lot of blood on her pillow and even more on the bed. Very disconcerting; not used to seeing that much blood. I"m going to try Vaseline or nasal spray.

Comment from: Justdogood, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 24

I just had an incident of nose bleeding. It lasted for about 5 minutes. I held my head up, pinched my nose together and went into the rest room to get myself cleaned up. It happened right before a client who I was explaining something to. I felt embarrassed but thankfully the client seems to understand.

Comment from: Ashley08, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I have been having nose bleeds for about a week now. First from my left nostril and now from both. It happens throughout the day and I am constantly having to wipe my nose. I have tried Vaseline for the past couple of days but it doesn't seem to be improving. When I sleep one nostril dries while the other bleeds and I end up waking up with a dry mouth or I feel as if I am suffocating. I do not know what else to try. I always got nose bleeds even as a kid. But they have never been this bad and never this long.

Comment from: federico, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 14

Six months ago I had a nosebleed. I was told this was caused due to my high blood pressure but is now under control. The bleeding didn't stop for almost 4 hours and I was spitting blood through my mouth. I had always had this problem almost my entire life. It seems like no one knows what is causing this problem at all. I went to urgent care and the bleeding stopped, they continue saying it is due to my nostrils getting dry. Today as I was going to have dinner it started bleeding like someone opened a water faucet and finally stopped after 30 minutes.

Comment from: ph1967, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I just recently had a nosebleed that lasted for about 1 hour and 20 minutes. I went to an after-hours clinic after about 20 minutes and they sent me to the emergency room (ER). By the time I got there, it had been bleeding for about an hour. They packed it with gauze in the after-hours clinic, and when I got to the ER, the blood was so backed up in my sinuses, that blood was coming out of my tear ducts. It finally stopped on its own. They gave me a nice clamp to use in the ER, and I have used it on two nosebleeds since I got home with success.

Comment from: cxgen, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

My nosebleeds generally last about 40 to 60 minutes. I get them maybe once every couple of months which is more often than I would like.

Comment from: Wanda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

My nose bleeds when I have my bowel movement, a lot.

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Comment from: pia67, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 06

I never had nose bleeds before, but now out of nowhere I been having nosebleeds starting with a sensation of burning above my upper sinuses and I do not know what to make of it. I had a stroke in 2007 and after that some episodes occurred. Maybe that is the cause of my nosebleeds now.

Comment from: Nose bleeding, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 26

My 5 year old brother has been getting nosebleed since past 1 month. First time he got nose bleeding because he fell down from first floor to down floor. Then after that, whenever he gets any pain in his body, automatically nose bleeding starts.

Comment from: Dlibi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I am bleeding nonstop. Adrenalin has been used but does not help at all.

Comment from: ANN, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 30

My son has been experiencing nosebleed at around 1 and 2 am for 2 days in a row. But it takes only a second then it stops. He had a fever in the last 2 days, but today he doesn't have a fever but still he experienced nosebleed.

Comment from: Sunny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

Have you heard of vonWillebrand's Disease? One out of every 100 people have it, many people live their whole lives without being diagnosed. Symptoms are prolonged nosebleeds, periods lasting longer than 7 days, heavy periods (change pad or tampon in 2 hours or less and or heavy or large clots) easy bruising. There is treatment. Call the Hemophilia Treatment Center closest to you for more information. Knowing I have vonWillebrands Disease saved my life during surgery and my bleeding is now very controlled. Great relief!

Comment from: mcbecker, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 16

I have been having nosebleeds on and off over the past few weeks. I haven't found anything environmental causing them, though most frequently they begin while I am sleeping. I suffer from postnasal drip, so I wake to find that I am choking on blood. I spit it out and then the blood begins to pour down my face, usually coming from the left nostril. This usually lasts for about 10 minutes or so. I don't pick my nose and am not experiencing any cold or flu symptoms. The only peculiar things I have recognized are the increased amount of phlegm I've been spitting out lately and a horrible headache that wasn't treatable by Tylenol, Aleve, or caffeine today. The headache focused itself mainly on the left side of my temple today.

Comment from: Bob, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 29

I got three good nosebleeds before my wife talked me into going to the ER. They last about two hours. The doctor sprayed Afrin in the nose and gave me a nose clip that was good for about two hours. I got home and was able to stop the bleeding after two hours again. I always have one or two glasses of red wine. I went to a party and had two glasses. Yes, my nose started to bleed three hours later. So now, I reduced anything that can thin my blood. So far, so good.

Comment from: Forbidden09, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

I have had problems with bloody noses since I was a little kid, and just recently, it has been getting way worse. I have been getting three in one day after putting Vaseline in my nose after each nosebleed. Also, along with more bloody noses, they have gotten longer in bleeding time as well. Another thing that has picked up all of a sudden is that I feel light-headed afterwards. When walking down stairs, my legs feel as if they are going to give out. I also have a problem with migraine headaches.

Comment from: 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 29

I've been having nosebleeds for the past few days. Now and every time the bleeding occurs, I tilt my head forward a little and let the blood drip out on its own. It stops and clots up by itself. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes. That's the only way I found to not swallow the blood. I'm also going to try using Afrin.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

I recently had two nosebleeds within several hours of each other for the first time since I was 12, which was 15 years ago. My stress level and blood pressure were sky high, not to mention I hadn't slept more than three hours in the past two days or eaten more than one small meal each of those days. I found out that people with high acidic levels in their stomach may notice a considerable increase in their blood pressure, especially at night when they go to bed, which can cause nosebleeds.

Comment from: cuzajd, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 13

My 4-year-old daughter has food allergies and asthma. It seems we have the asthma under control, but recently she has been experiencing nose bleeds. It occurs during the day and at night. She has recently started preschool, which is the only environment change she has experience lately. I don't know what I should do to help prevent the nose bleeds other then using a moist Q-tip to keep her nasal passage moist, yet this is not an easy task with a 4-year-old. The last time we used a nasal spray she got pneumonia and was in the hospital for a week. I am not sure it was related, but since then, I do not want to use a nasal spray. It just seemed as though it drained everything right into her lungs instantly.

Comment from: Mike, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 30

My nosebleed lasted on and off for an hour and a half. I found your website after trying with ice in a cloth, holding my head back and sitting down did not work. I've had them worse in terms of the amount of blood but this one lasted the longest. Perhaps because I had a chore to do. Your suggestion to hold my nose between my thumb and finger for five minutes while sitting down helped. I did it a second time to make sure it would stop and so far it has. I live in the high desert where it is dry and still warm for this time of year. From time to time I try to remember to use a nasal spray, one that is an OTC saline solution to keep my nasal passages moist.

Published: July 22

My 3yr old began having nosebleeds about once every 3-4 months. Recently that pattern has changed and he's had 3 in 1 week. My brother has nose bleeds as a child and so does one of his kids. Why are most of his nose bleeds at night during his sleep?

Published: June 25

My nose has been bleeding every day for the past three weeks when I wake up in Arizona and the air conditioner is on. Then it seems to dry up for most of the day with a little dry blood left over to blow out. I have taken aspirin a couple days for preventative heart issues but now I won't do that after reading aspirin isn't a good idea with a bloody nose.

Published: June 10

Two years ago, I awoke with blood gushing from my nose, ended up at hospital. Dr., cauterized and packed my nose. I had to stay a week. Now, I have had 2 episodes this week but not so bad. I bought an apparatus at drug store to squeeze my nose together. I sneezed today and it began again. I have arthritis, 82 years old and use humidifier in winter. Wonder if air conditioner is drying my nose in addition to headache medicine?

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I do get nose bleeds occasionally about a month ago I had a nose bleed and it would not stop. I held tissues and squeezed but still it did not stop. I was very concerned and nervous and all of a sudden a big blood clot came from my nose through my mouth. It has not happened again and I could breathe freely after that it scared the heck out of me it lasted about 15 minutes.

Comment from: debsing5900, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I have been having nosebleeds, a couple times a week, for approximately 3 months. Sometimes if I cough hard it will bring one on. If I get teary eyed from watching a movie; that will bring on a nosebleed too. I'm a heavy nosebleeder, and to stop it, it usually takes about 10 minutes by plugging the nostril with Kleenex and waiting it out.

Comment from: popondetta, Female (Patient) Published: September 26

Recently I've been experiencing nose bleeds; it has been almost a month now. It usually starts around early morning while I am still sleeping and around 3-4 times during the day and lately I've been feeling a slight pressure into my left nostril radiating into my left eye and I am starting to worry for myself. This is the first time that I have experienced this. I've never had any nose bleeds before its only just now.

Comment from: Dodie44, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 26

I have had a few nosebleeds for the past four months. This is unusual for me. I have High blood pressure, but it is under control. I thought at first it was the dryness at particular homes, but this has not been the case. Do I have a problem, and should see my doctor.

Comment from: guiowen, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 26

I also put a wad of paper it can be toilet paper or a paper towel under my lip. So far as I understand, this prevents too much blood from reaching the nose. After a while the bleeding will stop. The thing then is to avoid the temptation of picking at the scab that forms inside the nostril.

Comment from: Bob Arnold, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 17

I've had nosebleeds most of my life. My mother had them, my son has them. Apparently the veins in our noses are very superficial. I've tried Vaseline, saline sprays, etc. with limited relief. My mother had her veins cauterized, as did my son. It provided limited relief if any. I've been trying for years to find something that really would stop this problem, but to no avail.

Comment from: Mama Mia, 13-18 Female Published: August 15

My daughter is 14 years old now and she's been having periodic nose bleeds. As a child, I also had frequent nosebleeds. However, my daughter's is worse because it lasts longer and clumps or strings of thick blood come out. I am concerned. Is this still within normal range or is it a sign of a certain vitamin deficiency, or something more serious?

Comment from: 7-12 Male Published: August 05

My son woke up at 6 a.m. with blood all over him. The blood was just pouring out of his nose. It took about 20 minutes to get the bleeding stopped. He is taking Adair for allergies. He is almost 10 years old. This is his first nosebleed.

Published: July 24

It lasted about two minuets until the blood started coming in slower and in smaller amounts. I just collected it with a several paper towels (one at a time) in my nostril.

Comment from: Matter1234395, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: September 17

I just had a nosebleed, lasted about 20 minutes. I put a paper towel, rolled up, under my lip and pushed upwards, helped for a bit and it went away.

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