Nose bleeds generally are not serious and can be simply stopped. Here are some quick ways you can try if you are prone to nose bleeds during the summer season.
Summers in India are harsh, and the side effect of the heat leads to health problems like dehydration, heat strokes, skin rashes and many more. A common problem that happens during this season is nosebleed. Although it is most common in children, a nosebleed can also affect adults when the mercury rises.
So what leads to nosebleed? When the minute blood capillaries burst due to hot air, or due to nose-picking, the protective mucous coating inside the nose gets dry which leads to bleeding. Although rare, the inability of the blood to clot can also cause the nose to bleed at times. In some cases, high blood pressure can also be a reason.
The medical term for a nosebleed is epistaxis. Because of the position of the nose – right in the middle of the face – and its high density of blood vessels, most of us will have had at least one nosebleed at some time during our lives.
The first step is to stop the bleeding:
- Nosebleeds in the elderly may be out of hypertension. Check their blood pressure and give them their medication.
- Sit down and pinch the soft parts of the nose firmly, breathe through the mouth.
- Apply an ice pack to the nose and cheek to soothe the area.
- Apply an ice pack on your head to help you cool down, a sudden change in temperature leads to nose bleeds
How you can stop nosebleeds in hot weather
Although it can be a bit messy, nose bleeds generally are not serious and can be simply stopped. Here are some quick ways you can try if you are prone to nose bleeds during the summer season.
- Ensure to eat foods that are rich in vitamin C. Fruits and vegetables like guavas, kale, mustard, parsley, oranges, strawberries, and lemons help in blood clotting.
- Rubbing ice against your nose can be effective in controlling nose bleeds. The ice helps in reducing the swelling in the blood vessels.
- If your nose suddenly starts to bleed, quickly elevate your head and sit in an upright situation until the bleeding stops.
- It is advised to keep washing your face with cold water so that the nostrils also say hydrated.
- Cover your head with a cap or a scarf when outdoors. Also, cover your nose with a handkerchief or a cotton cloth to avoid hot air drying the insides of the nose.
- Taking steam also works wonders as it cleans the respiratory passage and moistens and protects the nasal cavity as well as reduces nasal irritation.