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      Category : Health Centers > Nose Diseases and Sinuses


Alternate Names : Epistaxis

Nosebleed | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

A person should do the following to help prevent a nosebleed:

  • Avoid cocaine use.
  • Avoid excessive nose-blowing.
  • Avoid picking the nose.
  • Avoid trauma, if possible.
  • Get treatment for underlying causes such as high blood pressure.
  • Limit the use of topical nasal steroids or nose sprays.
  • Use a cool-mist humidifier to add moisture to the air.
  • What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    Excessive blood loss can cause anemia, or a low red blood cell count. Repeated nosebleeds can be socially embarrassing.

    What are the risks to others?

    Nosebleeds are not contagious and pose no risk to others.

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    Nosebleed: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/20/01

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