Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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How Can I Stop Nosebleeds?

Thursday, 10 May 2012 09:12 AM

Question: I recently started having bloody noses for seemingly no reason. I’m otherwise in good health, although my blood pressure is a little high. What could be the cause?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Nosebleeds can occur spontaneously when the nasal membranes dry out and crack. This is common in dry climates, or during the winter months when the air is dry and warm from household heaters. People are more susceptible to a bloody nose if they are taking medications which prevent normal blood clotting warfarin (Coumadin), aspirin, or any anti-inflammatory medication. In this situation, even a minor trauma, like nose picking could result in significant bleeding. Other common causes of nosebleeds include sinusitis, common cold, and allergies. Even though some experts cite hypertension as a cause of nose bleeds, others don’t agree. However, do not ignore your high blood pressure, please consult with your doctor the likely cause of nosebleed and seek advice for high blood pressure.

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