10 Causes of Nose Bleeds

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Nose bleeds are a very common problem. Most people have experienced some degree of nose bleed at least once in their lives. Some people experience them chronically, including multiple times per week. A nose bleed isn’t always indicated by a gushing waterfall of blood pouring out of your nostrils. If you’ve ever wiped your nose and found the tissue came away bloody, then you have experienced a nose bleed.

Nose bleeds are most common in children between 2 and 10 years old, or adults who are older than 50. While teenagers and younger adults can still experience nosebleeds, they tend to occur far less frequently in this age group.

There are two main types of nose bleeds: Anterior nose bleeds occur when the septum – the wall separating your two nostrils – becomes damaged. This can happen due to facial trauma but can also occur from something as simple as scratching your nose with your fingernails. Posterior nose bleeds are far less common and tend to occur much deeper in your nose. These are the ones that tend to result in gushing blood and are more common in older people or those suffering from high blood pressure. There are several different causes of nose bleeds, and if you’re experiencing them quite often but you’re unsure as to why, this information can help you find a solution.

Cause #1: Dryness

The climate can have a huge effect on the health of your nose. If you live in an area with a very dry climate, such as a tropical area or a desert, then you are more likely to get nose bleeds.

This is because the heat and lack of moisture can dry out the inside of your nose, making it more prone to cracking and bleeding. This is particularly true for people who move into a dry climate from somewhere more humid.

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