Nose Bleed (Epistaxis)
Epistaxis is the medical term for a nose bleed. Nose bleeds are very common and can happen to anyone at any time.
The cause of a nose bleed varies. Some medical conditions cause nose bleeds. Frequent nose bleeds can be a symptom of high blood pressure. Others include:
- Side effects of some medications such as blood thinners (Warfarin or aspirin)
- Damage to the inside of the nose
- An infection in the nose
A minor nose bleed can usually be treated at home. Press on the fleshy part of your nose for 15 minutes. Do not tilt your head back. No further treatment should be needed if the bleeding stops within this time.
Consult your GP if you begin to experience frequent nose bleeds. In some cases you may be referred to a specialist consultant.