Nosebleeds that recur often are commonly caused by bleeding
from the front of the nose (anterior epistaxis). Common causes of this type of
Blowing or picking the
Structural problems in the nose, either present from birth
(congenital) or caused by an injury.
Minor health problems, such as colds or
Minor injuries to the nose.
Medicines. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
Aspirin and other medicine (called blood thinners) that prevent blood clots.
decongestants, and medicated nasal sprays that dry the tissue of the nose and
Recurring nosebleeds can also be caused by:
Rupture of the blood vessels that are very close
to the surface of the lining of the nose.
An abnormal growth (polyp
or tumour) in the nose or sinuses.
Health conditions that affect
normal blood clotting.
Abnormal blood vessels in the nose, such as
with Osler-Weber-Rendu syndrome. This syndrome is passed in families
(inherited). The abnormal blood vessels make it hard to control a nosebleed.
A nosebleed that recurs 4 times or more in a week needs
medical evaluation to determine the seriousness of the problem. A nosebleed
that recurs 2 to 3 times in a month may mean that a chronic condition such as
allergies is causing the nosebleeds.
When nosebleeds cannot be
controlled by home treatment, you need to see your doctor.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD