There can be several reasons for a nosebleed, like physical trauma, irritation or dryness due to the summer heat. As temperatures are high during this season, nose bleeds can be a common problem. Follow these simple steps to prevent a disturbing episode of a nose bleed.

Protect your nasal cavity

The inside of your nose can dry out during the summer. Irritation and dryness can increase the chances of getting nose bleeds. You can prevent them by:

  • Apply Vaseline (petroleum jelly) inside your nose to keep it moist.
  • Apply a water-based or saline nasal gel that can also keep your nasal cavity moist.
  • Protect your nose from sport’s injuries by wearing head-guards.
  • Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water, the recommendation would be 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Don’t pick your nose as the lower septum of your nose has a lot of sensitive blood vessels that bleed when irritated.
  • Blow your nose gently as harsh nose blowing can provoke a nose bleed.

Reduce nasal irritation

  • Try to avoid certain oral medication like antihistamines, decongestants, or non-prescription nasal sprays. Using these medicines frequently can dry out the inside of your nose causing nasal cracking and bleeding.
  • Reduce aspirin usage it and anticoagulant medicines can increase the risk of bleeding. This can also be applicable to the usage of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • Humidify your living space as low humidity can cause nosebleeds. Simple ways would be to turn on the shower for 15-20 minutes or buy a humidifier for the home.
  • If your bedroom is too hot, try to reduce the temperature while you sleep at night.
  • Using an extra pillow to elevate your head can avoid nosebleeds.

Home Remedies to Stop bleeding

  • Put a few drops of vinegar on a cotton bud and rub over your nose for an immediate effect.
  • You can put a few cubes of ice in a table cloth and place them on your nose to reduce the pain caused from the nose bleed.
  • Eating leafy-greens can deliver Vitamin K to the body, which plays an essential role in blood-clotting.
  • Vitamin C rich foods can also protect your blood vessels during the summer heat.

However, if your nose bleed doesn’t stop then you should consult a medical professional. Nosebleeds can be related to other medical conditions such as nasal allergies, liver disease, chronic sinusitis, and excessive smoking.

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