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The Surprising Triggers of Winter Nosebleeds


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From a childhood double-dog dare, to dry air, nosebleeds are a common occurrence; most everyone has had one. The vast majority of the time, they are temporary – a wad or two of tissues and you’re good to go. However, nosebleeds can be chronic.

For anyone who experiences persistent nosebleeds, there may be an underlying medical cause (such as a bleeding disorder). Yet, often, the cause is an environmental one (like not using enough nasal rinse!). Address it and you’ll help keep the nosebleeds away. Of course, you’ll save a ton of money on stain remover, too.

So, what causes nosebleeds? Some of the most common causes include:

High blood pressure

Not everyone with hypertension gets nosebleeds, but it can be a cause. Anything that increases blood pressure, such as exercise, may also be a cause. Sometimes, nosebleeds caused by hypertension are more severe than those from other causes.

Trauma

Naturally, a fistfight, a face plant, or a surgery to the nose can also result in nosebleeds. Even picking the nose can do it. But, naturally, that doesn’t apply to you. 

Blood thinners

Like their name insinuates, blood thinners thin the blood and make it flow more freely. Any dose that’s too high can cause extra bleeding. This may happen when you scratch yourself or because of teeth brushing. But the nose can also be a source of expulsion.

The heater inside your home

During winter months, most of us turn to our heaters to stay warm. While necessary for anyone who lives in a cold weather climate, the thermostat can also be conducive to nosebleeds. Heaters cause the air to become dry, ultimately making your nose dry in the process. A dry nose is much more likely to bleed than one filled with the necessary mucus. This isn’t to say you need to forgo warmth to save your snout, but sleeping with a cool-air vaporizer will help.

The heat in your house isn’t the only reason nosebleeds come with the change of seasons. Cold air often causes the nose to run more than usual, leaving the average person to grab for the tissues frequently (or just use their sleeve in a fit of reckless abandon). This, coupled with the pressure winter air puts on the nose, can also lead to nosebleeds.

The moral here? If you really want to avoid nosebleeds, move to Hawaii.

Nosebleeds have all kinds of causes. Some are medical and some are environmental. But, in general, nosebleeds are little more than a nuisance. Avoiding the triggers may help you to avoid this pest and the mess it brings.

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