What's causing my nosebleeds?

Author: Liz Kovac

Changes in temperature and air moisture can cause your nose to be dryer during winter months and, consequently, cause nosebleeds. “You may experience nosebleeds more frequently in the winter, but it is important to confirm with your doctor that these nosebleeds aren’t a result of another underlying issue,” said Dr. Esmael Amjad, ENT at McLaren Lapeer Region. “While you can self-treat minor nosebleeds, it is important to see a doctor if the severity and frequency of your nosebleeds increase.”

Steps to prevent nosebleeds:

  • Use saline spray
  • Use a humidifier
  • Blow your nose softly

How to self-treat a nosebleed:

When experiencing a nosebleed, sit down and lean slightly forward with your head upright. Use your thumb and index finger to squeeze your nose. Hold until the bleeding stops, or at least five minutes.

Once bleeding stops, avoid aggravating your nose.

When to see a doctor:

  • If your nose doesn't stop bleeding after 20 minutes (head to the nearest urgent care or emergency room, depending on severity)
  • If you get nosebleeds weekly
  • If you often experience blood draining from your nose down your throat
  • If you experienced an injury that has led to frequent nosebleeds

Common treatment:

“A Nasal Cautery is a common treatment for frequent and heavy nosebleeds,” said Dr. Amjad. This procedure involves applying a chemical to the open blood vessels in the nose that are causing nosebleeds. The chemical creates a scab that seals and heals the aggravated blood vessels, causing less nosebleeds. This is an out-patient procedure that can be performed without a general anesthetic.

Dr. Amjad is accepting new patients in Metamora. Call (810) 230-6102 to make an appointment.