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Nose­bleed (epis­taxis)

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS - By Dr Dong Xiu Dong

Nose­bleeds oc­cur from the tiny veins that are just un­der the thin sur­face of the cen­tral part of the nose. Bleed­ing usu­ally oc­curs quite sud­denly and of­ten from only one nos­tril. In most cases, it hap­pens out of the blue without any in­jury. How­ever, only a small amount of blood is lost. Nose bleed­ing can af­fect all ages but is twice as com­mon in chil­dren. There is rarely cause for con­cern as it is usu­ally a pass­ing prob­lem con­fined to the nose only. For the el­derly, bleed­ing can oc­cur from the back of the nose, and this can be a ma­jor prob­lem. Treat­ment: Self-help: Sit down and bend your head for­ward. Hold a bowl un­der your nose. Firmly pinch the lower soft part of your nose be­tween your thumb and fin­ger for 5 min­utes non-stop. Breathe through your mouth and do not let go for 5 min­utes; Do not blow your nose for 12 hours after­wards, as it may dis­lodge the clot; Avoid pick­ing your nose. If bleed­ing con­tin­ues af­ter 20 min­utes or keeps re­oc­cur­ring seek med­i­cal help.

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