Preventing Winter Nose Bleeds

By Refadoc, Posted on : Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - 1:22 am IST

Most people wonder as to why their noses start acting up during the winter season. The simplest of things such as sleeping or blowing out their nose can lead to the gushing of blood during winters.

Doctors are able to explain that the dried out and heated air can make the skin and the lips to become chapped and cracked during the winter season. Just like the outside skin, the mucous membrane lining on the inside of the nose too, can crack out which leaves the blood vessels exposed. People experiencing winter nosebleeds are often known to survive in a cycle of bleeding, scabbing, crusting, picking and more bleeding eventually.

Since common colds, sinus infections and indoor allergens are more common in winters, it leaves your nose more prone to inflammation which leads to the enlargement of the blood vessels, irritating the lining of the nose, resulting in bleeding.

In order to prevent a sudden nosebleed, you can coat the inside of your nose with Vaseline or with any other moisturizer once or twice a day. In order to take care of the condition, you can also use a saline gel or a spray. Alternatively, you can moisturize with cocoa butter or run a cool mist humidifier near your bed in order to avoid chances of blowing or rubbing your nose too hard.

It all comes down to the moisture. One of the best treatments of winter nose bleeding is prevention. You must keep your nose as moist as you can in order to reduce the frequency as well as the severity of the nose bleed in a longer term. In case you do start bleeding, make sure that you spray a couple of drops of decongestant on a tissue and place it in your nostril. Then apply pressure to the soft area of the nose in order to restrict the blood vessels in the noise and prevent the bleeding.

In case your nose bleed is severe and does not stop for a long duration of time, do visit an ENT Specialist as soon as possible. In some cases, nasal disorders such as a deviated septum, growth in the nose or a sinus infection could be one of the reasons behind a nose bleed. 

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