Nosebleeds: When to Seek Help

Nosebleeds are most common among children ages 2 to 10 and adults ages 50 to 80. Most are not serious, but if you have been experiencing repeated nosebleeds – or additional bleeding in other parts of your body, such as in your stool or urine – you should see a doctor.

“Pinching the nostrils together for seven minutes will stop many nosebleeds”, says Jesse D. Hoff, MD, family practice physician at Saint Francis Medical Center.

Hoff_Jesse“Seek medical attention if you are unable to control the bleeding, feel light-headed or have breathing difficulty. Dizziness or lightheadedness could be a symptom that you are losing too much blood”, says Hoff. Urgent Care clinics can usually treat this problem effectively, but if you have a known blood disorder or use anticoagulation therapy, you should consider utilizing the Emergency Department of your hospital.

For more information, call 573-331-3996.

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