A bleeding from the nose can range from anything between a minor trickle to a sudden gushing out of blood. However, nosebleeds are not a major cause of worry even though they may look scary when they occur.
Nosebleeds can be treated with effective home remedies especially because they are mild and the amount of blood lost due to its occurrence is usually negligible.
Causes For Nosebleeds
Nosebleeds can result as a trauma from an accident or an assault on the face or nose area. Sometimes aggressive blowing of the nose can also cause it to bleed. The vessels in the nose tend to swell and rupture due to an inflammation caused by cold, the dry winter air or even an allergy. Sometimes you may find your sheets with blood stains as you wake up in the morning or your nightclothes stained with nosebleeds. Nosebleeds occurring from these causes are generally painless.
Symptoms Of Nosebleeds
When you notice a continuous flow of blood or a minor trickle flowing from your nose it can be the first symptom of nosebleed. Though it may seem like a lot of blood loss, the loss of blood due to nosebleeds is usually negligible. There are times when severe blood trickle may start because of injuries too, this is usually accompanied with symptoms of pain.
Various Types Of Nose Bleeds
The anterior nosebleed is considered to be the most common form of nosebleed. This type of nosebleed occurs from the frontal area of the nose when the small vessels or capillaries inside the nose break causing bleeding. Bleeding from the deepest part of the nose is termed as a posterior nosebleed. This form of nosebleed occurs even when a person is seated or standing and the blood appears to flow down the back of the throat area.
Home Remedies For Nosebleeds
Salt and Baking Soda Treatment
Dust, mucus and gunk are eradicated from the nasal passage through nasal irrigation which is commonly used by allergy. The irrigated nasal membranes are also moisturized and soothed through this process. Take 1- 1 ½ cups of lukewarm water, which helps to un-soften, a bulb or ear syringe generally available with baby products sold at a medical shop, ¼ – ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ – ½ teaspoon of baking soda. Add the baking soda and salt into water and check its temperature.
Use the bulb to suck in the water and administer this saline mixture into your nostrils one by one. Once administered, blow the water out of your nostrils by lowering your head close to the sink. Keep following this procedure on alternate nostrils till all of the water flows out.
Steam or Humidifier Treatment
Steam in any form, be it a morning cup of tea or from a small steam bath can help cure nosebleeds when breathed in. For a steam treatment, boil half a pot of water and put it on a solid surface. Now cover your head with a towel and bend over this boiling pot of hot water. Start breathing in the steam that is being emitted from this pot of hot water; however, be careful not to burn your face by keeping it away from the pot at a comfortable distance.
This will help clear your nose. You can also take a small steam bath twice daily. It is essential to keep your surroundings moist when you are suffering from nosebleeds. Use a gppd air humidifier to humidify the air. This will prevent your nose from bleeding as your nose will be exposed to less stress.
Gentle Pressure Treatment
For the gentle pressure treatment, pinch the soft portion of your nose by holding it firmly for about 10 minutes with your thumb and forefinger placed on the either sides of your nose bridges. Do not release and keep applying pressure that is adequate to slow down the bleeding. However, do not hold too strong or it will cause you discomfort.
Bleeding slows down as the pressure applied will restrict the flow of blood from the affected part of the nose. Cold compresses on the nose bridges are also helpful and effective, especially because it aids in shrinking the blood vessels in the nose to stop bleeding.
Ice Pack Treatment
The blood vessels can be constricted and the inflammations due to a nose injury reduced considerably with the help of an ice pack. Take a zip pack and put crushed ice into it. Now cover the bag with a towel. You can also use a bag of frozen vegetables. The affected nose needs to be compressed with this cold pack especially around the bridges to stop the bleeding.
Cotton And Vinegar Treatment
Place plain sterile gauze dipped in white vinegar for about ten minutes on your nose to stop nosebleeds. Vinegar contains acid that is vital in sealing the injured nose area causing nosebleeds.
Diet For Nosebleeds
Blood clots happen more efficiently with Vitamin K. It is advisable to take 25 micrograms of Vitamin K one to two times on a daily basis when suffering from repeated bouts of nose bleeding. Fragility of the capillary is prevented by Vitamin C and bioflavonoids. One should take 500 to 1,000 milligrams each of the same four times a day for at least two days when the nose starts to bleed.
This should be reduced to 500 milligrams twice daily for a month. The blood vessels in the body are best maintained by the nutrient zinc. In its natural form, zinc is available in rich amounts in whole-wheat bread and brown rice. Popcorn’s too are not just a snack but contain substantial amount of zinc.
Other Remedies For Treating Nosebleeds
If you have a bleeding nose, blow gently when required, one nostril at a time. Avoid smoking as it causes dryness and irritation in the nasal passages. Its best to avoid smoky environments as they can cause more damage to your bleeding nostrils. Hay fever causes allergies that can lead to constant blowing of the nose and sneezes. Do get it treated or else it can damage your soft nasal membranes further. For allergy remedies consult your physician.