Showing posts with label Nosebleeds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nosebleeds. Show all posts

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Nosebleeds During Pregnancy | First Aid for Treating Nosebleeds

Although a nosebleed can occur to any normal person, nosebleeds during pregnancy are also a very common phenomenon. This happens because of the increased blood flow and enhanced estrogen hormone levels. You may wonder why at all a nosebleed should occur without any injury and how are nosebleeds and pregnancy related to each other. To understand this, you should be aware of the structure of the nose. The fact is that a number of thin capillaries run below the delicate lining inside the nose. These capillaries are so delicate that they get easily ruptured when there is abnormally high blood flow through them. Some other causes of nosebleeds during pregnancy include lack of fluid intake and if you suffer from cold during pregnancy. During colds, the nasal lining becomes very dry and may result in rupturing of the nasal capillaries.The usual symptoms of nosebleeds are as listed below:
Blood coming out through nostrils is the most common and visible symptom.Blood clots seen in mucous while coughing out.Vomiting due to swallowing of blood when it happens to flow down your throat.If the blood is get swallowed when the nosebleed takes place while sleeping, you are likely to find that color of your stools becomes reddish or dark brown.This happens because the blood reaches the stomach through your throat.
In most cases, the nosebleeds do not pose any serious health concerns and can easily be treated at home. Some home remedies for nosebleeds are mentioned hereunder, and you can safely use these at home:
The first and the foremost thing to do is to use a cold compress. For this soak a butter cloth in ice cold water and press on the sides of your nose. You may also apply ice cubes on and around the nose. It helps in contracting the ruptured capillaries and thus stops bleeding.Take a freshly cut piece of onion and smell it placing it close to your nostrils.Take some soil and add some water in, bring it close to your nose and smell it. This is also a very good home remedy for a nosebleed.Using saline water is also very helpful in stopping nose bleeds. For this, you must use the sterilized saline solution. For preparing the saline solution, mix 1 to 2 pinches of common kitchen salt in one cup of boiled and cooled water. Drop 1 to 2 drops of this solution in your nostrils. It greatly helps in stopping the nosebleeds.
Usually, treating nosebleeds is not very difficult. First aid for nosebleed during pregnancy is same as that in a normal case. The first aid for stopping nose bleeds involves the following steps:
Calmly sit down on a chair.Bend yourself a little forward. This is necessary in order to prevent flow of blood to your throat.Gently pinch your nose in between your forefingers. Keep it pressed for 10 to 15 minutes. To ensure the time, you may keep a watch in front of you. After this much period, you will find that bleeding has completely stopped.
This is the best and most commonly applied first aid for nosebleed. If you happen to experience frequent nose bleeds during pregnancy and a heavy loss of blood. You must consult your health care provider for proper medical help as it might be due to high blood pressure or any other medical reasons. Also, despite the above-mentioned remedies, it always best to consult a doctor during pregnancy; this is because during pregnancy, the body reacts differently to remedies and treatments that would otherwise seem normal.


Monday, 19 December 2011

Nosebleeds at Night | Preventing, Stopping, Curing Nosebleeds - First Aid

Nosebleeds can often appear much worse that they actually are. They are messy and bothersome and can be quite disturbing when they occur at night. Nosebleeds at night are fairly common and affect a large number of people. They can occur due to various factors. One of the most common causes of nosebleeds at night is dryness. When the nose becomes dry due to heat or allergies, nosebleeds are likely to occur. Even blowing the nose excessively can dry out the nose and make it prone to bleeding. The dryness makes the nasal membranes prone to flaking and crusting and this triggers bleeding. There are numerous tiny blood vessels in the nose and bleeding can occur quite easily when the vessels are irritated or rubbed. Other causes of nosebleeds include colds, infections of the upper respiratory tract and high blood pressure. Some people may even experience nosebleeds due to smoking, facial injuries and problems in blood coagulation.
It is extremely helpful to be aware about nosebleed first aid. Timely care will help to prevent excess bleeding and relieve discomfort. Here are some simple steps to follow when a nosebleed occurs;
When a nosebleed occurs, you need to remain upright so that the pressure on the veins and blood vessels in the nose is relieved. This will reduce the bleeding. It is also advisable to lean forward as this will prevent swallowing of the blood.Using your index finger and thumb, pinch your nose and hold for about 5 to 10 minutes, while you breathe through the mouth. This type of pressure will restrict and eventually stop the flow of blood.Avoid bending or picking the nose after the bleeding ceases. Also ensure that the head is at a level higher than the heart.In case bleeding starts again, blow the nose to remove any blood clots and then use a decongestant nasal spray on the insides of the nasal passage. Pinch the nose again to restrict bleeding and seek medical attention.
It is important to seek medical treatment for nosebleeds in case there has been any kind of trauma or fracture to the nose.
Nosebleeds are not serious in most cases but can be rather overwhelming. There are some measures which are helpful in preventing nosebleeds at night. Firstly, it is important to check the sleeping environment for any heat sources. The bed should not be too close to heating ducts as this can dry out the nasal passage. It is also a good idea to reduce the heat at night. It also helps to humidify the air in the room, especially if the weather is dry. Before going to bed, take a warm shower or inhale warm air using a vaporizer. You can even use a saline solution to moisten the nasal membranes. You can keep the membranes moist also by applying some petroleum jelly on the insides of the nose. Vitamin E oil and castor oil may also be used for this purpose.
Individuals who are prone to allergies may be at a higher risk for nosebleeds. Therefore it is advisable to avoid exposure to potential allergens. Children may suffer from nosebleeds as they have a tendency to pick the nose frequently.  Hence it is important to ensure that their fingernails are kept short at all times. Applying an ice pack on the outside of the nose also helps in curing nosebleeds. Bioflavonoids are known to be helpful in stopping nosebleeds. Therefore foods such as citrus fruits which are rich in bioflavonoids should be included in the diet. They make the blood vessels stronger and prevent tearing and rupture.