Who Can Get Nosebleeds?
Patients of all ages can experience nosebleeds. Children often suffer acute or frequent nosebleeds due to accidents, trauma to the nose, and nasal irritation caused by allergies or infections. Adults can also suffer from nosebleeds due to the same factors. Older adults who take blood thinners and aspirin may be more susceptible to frequent nosebleeds.
What Are Some Common Nosebleed Treatments?
There are numerous nosebleed treatments that can be performed in-office. Depending on the cause(s) for your frequent nosebleeds, Dr. Shin may treat your condition by cauterizing the blood vessels in your nose with silver nitrate or radiofrequency ablation. Cauterization is a simple procedure that can be completed using a topical anesthetic applied to the inside of the nasal passage. The silver nitrate or radiofrequency heat will help to seal the blood vessels and prevent further bleeding. More complicated conditions may require Dr. Shin to pack the nasal cavity temporarily to stop the bleeding.
When Do I Need To See A Doctor About Nosebleeds?
Most people can treat their occasional nosebleeds at home by pinching the nose at the soft part between the end and bridge of their nose until the bleeding stops. You should slightly tilt your head forward so the blood does not run down the back of your throat. If you are suffering from a nosebleed that doesn’t stop after 30 minutes, or if you experience dizziness, a rapid heartbeat, or trouble breathing, you should seek emergency medical help. If you suffer from frequent nosebleeds, you should make an appointment at our NYC office to be evaluated. Dr. Shin can determine if your nosebleeds are a sign of a more serious medical condition and offer treatment options that may bring you relief from chronic nosebleeds.
What Can I Expect Following My Nosebleed Treatment?
There is no downtime required and you can resume daily activities immediately following your nosebleed treatment. Patients may experience minor itching or discomfort for a few days. You should avoid touching and blowing your nose as much as possible for the next few weeks. Vigorous exercise, bending down, and sudden head movements should be avoided until permitted by our nosebleed doctor. Over-the-counter pain medication can typically relieve any discomfort you may feel following your nosebleed treatment.