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Nosebleeds (Epistaxis)

A condition that can affect anyone, it is more common in children and seniors to experience nosebleeds. There are different types of nosebleeds but they are grouped into two general categories:

Anterior Nosebleeds

Anterior Nosebleeds

Anterior refers to the front part of your nose and is where 90% of nosebleeds occur due to a collection of thin walled vessels of the nasal septum. This is more common in young children and the elderly but can occur at any age.

Dry conditions and repetitive trauma (nose picking) can increase the chance of nosebleeds. Moisturizing gels and sprays can decrease the frequency, but sometimes a non-painful procedure in the office can eliminate the problem.

Posterior Nosebleeds

Posterior Nosebleeds

Less common, a posterior nosebleed is much more brisk and often requires nasal packing, embolization (a type of procedure performed by interventional radiologists to block the artery that is bleeding), or surgery to stop the bleeding.

If you are having problems with recurrent or chronic nose bleeds, contact our office and see one of our experienced doctors to have this issue resolved.


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