Most nasal bleeding, or epistaxis, occurs from a plexus (congregation) of blood vessels at the root of the nose.
- Nosebleeds can occur secondary to infection such as sinusitis or with violent attacks of sneezing.
- Trauma, such as a punch to the area, will start a bleed.
- The number one cause of nose bleeding in children is picking the nose.
- Nose bleeding can be a symptom of high blood pressure.
- Blood-thinning drugs, including aspirin and heparin, may be a contributor.
What To Do
- If you are prone to nosebleeds, eat plenty of vitamin K rich foods including green leafy vegies and alfalfa. Vitamin K is necessary for clot formation.
- Eat probiotic foods including miso and yoghurt to improve bowel microflora. Vitamin K can be produced by these micro-organisms.
Herbs and Supplements
- Drink one or two cups of yarrow or nettle tea. You could also pack a cooled, cooked nettle leaf up your nostril.
- Plug nose with gauze soaked in distilled witch hazel (from the chemist).
- Take a bioflavonoid supplement each day, particularly rutin which strengthens blood vessel walls.
- Drink herbal tisanes containing bioflavonoid rich herbs such as rosehips, elder and hibiscus.
- Learn some conflict resolution skills.
- Pinch the top of the nose between thumb and forefinger for five to 15 minutes.
- Ice the area.
- Don’t swallow the blood, it will make you want to vomit. Bend forward and catch the blood in a bowl or tissue.
At a glance
- Good food
- Green leafy vegies, alfalfa.
- Food to avoid
- Remedies to begin
- Plug nose with gauze soaked in witch hazel or a nettle leaf, yarrow tea.
- A bleeding nose could be a need for recognition.