Published on Sep 23, 2013 and last reviewed on Sep 12, 2018 - 1 min read
Epistaxis is a common medical condition, bringing the patient to the ER. If the bleeding is profuse, it can be life-threatening. One needs to be aware of the causes and the immediate first-aid to be given in such cases.
Epistaxis means bleeding from the nose.
Nasal bleeding can occur due to various reasons. In a child with a habit of nose picking, it is not uncommon for the nose to bleed. An adolescent male bleeding profusely should be investigated to rule out a tumor called angiofibroma. In an elderly person, a rise in blood pressure usually causes a bleed from the nose. Other causes are common cold, infections in sinuses, change in weather, bleeding disorders and cancers of the nose and sinuses.
What To Do If You or Your Child Suddenly Start Bleeding From the Nose?
The first aid measures to be taken are:
Your doctor will examine your nose and decide on further testing and treatment based on the cause of epistaxis. He may advise nasal endoscopy and cauterization of the blood vessel. If the bleeding is profuse, you may need a nasal packing and hospitalization.
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