Heather Gomes, M.D. Otolaryngologist
The most common reason for nose bleeds is dryness in the environment. They are more common in winter where the heat is on and the environment is drier. It is more common in children ages two to 10 and older adults, generally who have other comorbid medical problems.
Generally speaking, most nose bleeds will stop with pressure, gentle pressure to the front part of the nose for about five minutes, unless there is something else going on.
Most of the time if you just pinch the soft part of the nose, like this, five minutes and it will resolve the majority of nose bleeds.
Some kids will get a nose bleed every day or several times a week. If they last for more than 10 minutes and are an ongoing issue that should probably prompt an ENT evaluation. There might be something we could do maybe it's a particular blood vessel that's the problem, you can address that.
Prevention is all about moisture. Keep that area moist. Saline spray in the nose several times a day, a gentle coat of Vaseline or antibiotic ointment, some sort of thick moisturizer to the inside of the nose, particularly the middle part of the nose or the septum, a humidifier in the bedroom. All those things help.
Nose bleeds are a common problem for children and older adults. Dr. Heather Gomes, Board Certified Otolaryngologist at Boys Town Ear, Nose & Throat Institute, explains why patients have problems with nose bleeds, how to stop them and offers tips to prevent them from occuring.