A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Nosebleeds
I had a question the other day about nosebleeds.
Nosebleeds can be dramatic and scary.
Luckily, most nosebleeds aren’t serious and can be handled fairly easily.
There are 2 types, those where the bleeding is coming from the front of your nose and those where it’s coming from the back of your nose.
Bleeding from the front of your nose accounts for more than 90% of all nosebleeds.
This bleeding usually comes from a blood vessel at the very front part of your nose.
These nosebleeds are usually easy to control.
Bleeding from the back of your nose are much less common.
They tend to occur more often in elderly people.
The bleeding usually comes from an artery in the back of your nose.
These nosebleeds are more complicated and usually need to be managed by an ear, nose, and throat specialist.
Nosebleeds usually occur in the winter months and in dry, cold climates.
Most commonly, trauma to your nose triggers a nosebleed.
To stop a nosebleed:
<Sit up straight.
>Lean your head forward.
>Pinch your nostrils together with your thumb and index finger for 10 minutes. Have someone time you to make sure you don’t release the nostrils any earlier.
>Apply crushed ice or cold washcloths to your nose, neck, and cheeks. This can be done both as you apply pressure and afterward.
>Keep your head higher than your heart until the bleeding subsides. Refrain from any energetic physical activity for a few hours and any vigorous exercise for at least 2 days.
>Spit out any blood in your mouth.
To deal with nosebleeds, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily, as this hydrates and flushes toxins.
*If your nasal membranes become sore from dryness, use aloe vera gel, calendula ointment, or comfrey ointment as needed.
*A snuff made from finely ground oak bark is soothing and healing.
*To promote healing, rub a small amount of calendula ointment into each nostril once the bleeding subsides. Repeat as needed.
*Don’t blow your nose for at least 12 hours after a nosebleed stops. Doing so may dislodge the blood clots that stanch bleeding.
*Once bleeding is controlled and healing has begun, apply a small amount of vitamin E to the affected tissues – open a capsule and gently apply the oil inside your nose. If you wish, pack your nose with gauze to prevent leakage.
*While healing, eat plenty of foods high in vitamin K, which is essential for normal blood clotting. Good sources include alfalfa, kale, and all dark green leafy vegetables.
*Avoid foods high in salicylates, which are aspirin-like substances found in tea, coffee, most fruits, and some vegetables. Foods to avoid include almonds, all berries, apples, apricots, bell peppers, cherries, cloves, cucumbers, currants, grapes, mint, oil of wintergreen, peaches, pickles, plums, raisins, tangelos, and tomatoes.
*To counteract dryness in your nasal passages, especially during the winter, use nasal irrigation. Spray inside the nostrils with plain warm water or a saline mist spray from time to time.
*To prevent nosebleeds, increase the environmental humidity, especially in winter. Use a cool mist humidifier, a vaporizer, or even a pan of water placed near a radiator.
*When you sneeze, keep your mouth open.
*If you’re taking medications, check to see if this is a possible side-effect.
*Consider having your iron levels and/or blood pressure levels checked by your medical practitioner.
*Don’t smoke and stay away from other people’s smoke.
*Decrease exposure to toxic products (cleaners, laundry, personal care, etc.)
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