Nosebleeds and Their Causes
What causes frequent nose bleeding?
Nose bleeds can either occur out of one nostril or out of both, and
this difference can provide clues to the cause of the problem.
If you have only one nostril going when you get a nose bleed, you
may want to consider whether you're playing too harshly with your
toys, so to speak; very often, single-nostril bleeds occur through
mechanical trauma. In other words, you may be making those thin
inner nose membranes unhappy through too much or harsh nose
blowing or picking. Dry air is another possibility, since these
membranes can dry out and be more prone to cracking. In this
case, it may be beneficial to swab the membranes with a thick
lubricant, such as petroleum jelly, in order to prevent any further
On the other hand, if your nose bleeds are a joint effort with both
nostrils contributing, then direct irritation is an unlikely culprit. In this
case, the bleeding results from a greater amount of blood
gathering in the nasal membranes than usual in combination with
irritation. These conditions can be set about by several causes.
Hypertension is a possibility, as is a vitamin deficiency, some
bleeding disorders, and drug abuse.
Ready for this one, ladies? For women, nose bleeds may also
occur periodically following the hormonal fluctuations of the
menstrual cycle. In a process called vicarious menstruation,
surging estrogen levels in the bloodstream can cause the vessels
in the nose to fill up, leading to bleeds. Don't worry, though - this is
a very rare occurrence. Whoever manufactures your maxi won't be
coming out with something similar for your nose any time in the
When a nose bleed does strike, it is best to stop the blood flow by
gently pinching above the nostrils. You'll be sure to want to grab the
soft tissue, since squeezing the harder cartilage that lies further up
isn't going to help much at all. In more extreme cases where the
blood cannot be stopped, it may be necessary to make a hospital
visit so that a physician may pack the nose to stem the blood flow.