Seasons of Common Nose Bleeds
Overheated and under-humidified homes, schools, at workplaces during the winter create dry environments lacking in moisture which can dry our nasal passages, causing the tissue to crack and bleed.
- SPRING & SUMMER
Allergy-related nosebleeds are more common in the spring and summer when pollen levels are highest.
Nose Bleed Prevention Tips
- USE A HUMIDIFIER
If you live in a dry climate use a humidifier year round, in other climates run a humdifier during the winter months when forced heat from your furnace is creating a dry atmosphere (especially at night time while you are sleeping).
- USE SALINE SPRAY
Saline (salt water) spray for your nose three to four times daily helps reduce drying out of the mucus membranes in your nose and help prevent nose bleeds.
Herbal Treatments and Precautions for Nose Bleeds
- Astringent herbs can be used topically to decrease or eliminate bleeding.
- Witch Hazel
- Bilberry herb decreases the fragility of small blood vessels.
- Rescue Remedy is recommended for onset of trauma due to a nose bleed for its calming effect to slow down the heart rate. Slowing down the heart rate will slow the flow of the bleeding.
- Stop using Ginkgo Biloba if you are experiencing nose bleeds, this popular herb used for mental alertness can increase the risk of bleeding.
Recommended Nutritional Supplements
- VITAMIN C
Deficiency in Vitamin C is associated with epistaxis.
- VITAMIN K
Bleeding problems can occur with a vitamin K deficiency. Vitamin K helps the blood clotting process. Adequate amounts of vitamin K can be assured by consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- VITAMIN E
Vitamin E squeezed from a gel cap can be applied inside the nose as a lubricant to dry airways. However, Vitamin E is more likely to increase the risk of bleeding in patients on anticoagulant medications.
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