A 25-year-old member asked:
Whenver i blow my nose there's droplets of blood and bloody mucus in the tissue. is this normal? could it be a sign of infection or cancer?
2 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Probably not: Especially in dry winter air, some blood when you blow your nose can be normal. If this is unusual for you, and if you have other symptoms (congestion, fatigue, drainage, etc.), it could be a symptom of sinus infection. It would be very rare for this symptom to mean you have cancer. A simple treatment would be to start moisturizing with saline spray and a little vaseline periodically.
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Variety of causes: Epistaxis or a bloody nose can be caused by a variety of diseases. Dryness of the mucus membrane of the nose, picking at the nose and viral infections are common causes because the most common area for bleeding is the front-bottom of the septum or midline partition of the nose. However, spontaneous bleeds or blood from blowing needs to be checked to rule out serious disease.
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Last updated Sep 24, 2015
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