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Epistaxis or a nosebleed as it's commonly referred to as, can be caused by any kind of injury to the tissues inside the nose including an intrusion of foreign objects, a blow to the nose, blowing the nose too hard or a sudden change in atmospheric pressure.

Nose bleeds are common in the winter because heated air tends to be dry. With excessive dryness, the nasal membranes can crack and eventually bleed.

In some cases, an underlying illness can be the cause of a nosebleed. Some common illnesses associated nosebleeds include sinusitis, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, malaria and scarlet fever. Additionally, nose bleeds can also be linked to conditions where bleeding tendencies are increased.

Children experience nosebleeds much more often than adults do; mainly because children are more likely to stick fingers and objects into their noses. Aside from that, the tissues in a child's nose are thinner than those of an adult which puts them at increased risk of incurring damage.

Nose bleeds can be classified in two ways. The first is called a posterior nosebleed, which typically occurs in elderly people with high blood pressure. With a posterior nosebleed, blood comes from the back of the nose and travels down the back of the mouth into the throat.

The second classification of a nosebleed is an anterior nose bleed, which accounts for most cases of nosebleeds. With this type of nosebleed, blood that is bright-red in color flows from the front part of the nose. Anterior nose bleeds are generally caused by a trauma to the nasal tissues.

The steps outlined below can help treat & prevent nosebleeds safely & naturally:

Never tilt the head backward during a bloody nose as it can cause the blood to run down the back of the throat and cause you to choke. Instead, hold a tissue over the nostrils with the head in an upright position until the bleeding stops.

Avoid blowing your nose for a minimum of twelve hours after a nosebleed stops.

During the healing process, consume foods rich in vitamin K, which aids normal blood clotting. All dark green leafy vegetables are good sources.

During dry winter months or year-round when living in a dry climate, remember to use a humidifier.

To prevent the nasal tissues from becoming dry, spray plain warm water in the nose several times a day.

Supplementing the following may also be beneficial:

Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids (2,500 - 5,000 mg daily in divided doses) - Promotes healing.

Aloe Vera Gel and Vitamin E - May be applied gently inside the nose to moisten and heal dried or cracked tissue.

Grapefruit Seed Extract, Colloidal Silver and/or Calendula (take as directed on label) - Help speed healing, restore moisture to nasal tissues, remove bacteria and help clean the inside of the nose without irritation.

Bilberry (take as directed on label) - Decreases the fragility of small blood vessels.

Agrimony, Witch Hazel and Yarrow - When applied topically, can reduce bleeding.


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