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Most nosebleeds are not usually serious and
can be stopped with home treatment. Most nosebleeds occur in the front of the
nose (anterior epistaxis) and involve only one nostril. Some blood may drain
down the back of the nose into the throat. Many things may make a nosebleed
A less common but more serious type of nosebleed starts in the
back of the nose (posterior epistaxis) and often involves both nostrils. Large
amounts of blood may run down the back of the throat. Posterior epistaxis
occurs more often in older adults because of other health conditions they
may have. Medical treatment will be needed to control the bleeding from
Check your symptoms to decide
if and when you should see a doctor.
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Follow these steps to stop a
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
The following tips may reduce your risk
for developing nosebleeds.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the
March 22, 2011
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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