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A 40-year-old member asked:

sometimes i get bloody noses that last for a really long time. what could be causing these? are these serious?

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
See an ENT: there are several causes for persistent nasal bleeding. have you nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What could be causing my frequent bloody noses?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Can't tell here: Don't know you, can't tell why you get bloody nose. Can be seen with dry nose, irritation, fragile blood vessels, abnormalities in clotting due to blood, bone marrow, medication, supplements, liver, kidney problems, other. See your doc.
A 38-year-old female asked:

My friend has lots of bloody noses what could be causing them he has lots of bloody noses and not sure why

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Epistaxis : Epistaxis or bloody noses can be caused by a variety of things such as dry air, nose picking, sinusitis, allergies, nasal sprays, etc. And it is worth having it looked into by and ear, nose and throat doctor (otolaryngologist). They can place a scope (small camera) into his nose and see why he is having the nose bleeds. They may even be able to stop them from happening which i'm sure would be a relief to him! in the meantime, here are a few nose bleed tips. If your friend's nose starts to bleed, pinch the soft part of his nose below the bridge (not the bridge) to stop the bleeding. Now keep pinching for 5 minutes. Set a timer or look at a watch because it will feel like forever. And no peeking! that will stop 95% of all nosebleeds. Good luck! legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes bloody noses?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Depends: Some common reasons can include: nasal congestion or nasal dryness, high blood pressure & excessive use of decongestants. Being at a high altitude, trauma to the nose, picking the nose, or blowing the nose hard. Bacterial and viral infections can increase the risk as well as bleeding disorders. There can be recurrent nose bleeds if a small vessel in the nose is broken. Alcohol or Cocaine abuse.
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A 30-year-old male asked:

I get bloody noses a lot how do I stop this?

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Dr. John Chastain
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
A few things: Sinus infection, high blood pressure, blood thinners, problems with nasal anatomy, etc. Can cause bleeding. Addressing any of these can help. Otherwise, avoid trauma (aggressive nose blowing, picking) and moisturize with otc saline spray and vaseline. Basic treatment: pinch nostrils, lean head forward, use decongestant nasal spray (afrin) only for severe bleed. See an ENT doc if it does not stop.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Sometimes i get really bloody noses that last for a long time. Please help me?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Common: 80% of people experience this in their lives. A common cause is dry, hot air like inside the home in the winter, causing nasal dryness and crusting. The nasal tissue cracks and bleeds easily. Treatment includes humidification in bedroom, nasal saline mist/gel, & sometimes vaseline in the nose at night. It's not a major health hazard, but should a doctor. Sometimes cauterizing the nose helps a lot.

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