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ask: Is blood clots during a nosebleed normal?

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I am 21 and this morning my nose started bleeding. I bled for over 20 minutes, heavily, and the blood was bright red. About 15 mins into the nosebleed, i felt like something was stuck at the back of my nose/throat. When I lifted my head, I felt something in my mouth so I spit it out and it was a bright red blod clot. What's wrong with me?

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I've only had three nose bleeds so far all spaced out within several months from late September to today, always from one side. Usually there would be some bleeding until a blood clot would come out then it would stop. I have never had them before so I thought that because I would find a clot afterwards it was unusual. At first I thought my first one, was because of the birth control I had started taking for the first time but as I am not taking them anymore due to a reaction I had, I know that's not the case. I've reminded myself that if I end up having another I'll be making an appointment with a Dr.

March 5, 2015 - 5:00am
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I'm 23 and last night I felt like I had mucus stuck in my throat but I'm not sick so when I cleared it my nose began to bleed for about 10 minutes. Then I finally got it to stop. Then again this morning I was getting ready to leave and my nose began to bleed again and it bled for 20 minutes even coming out of my mouth, then a blood clot as long as my middle finger came out. I finally got it to stop after an additional 10 minutes. And I have been experiencing dizziness and headaches for a week. And I'm also anemic, I don't if that has anything to do with it. But I really want to know what is wrong with me. Can anyone help?

February 15, 2015 - 6:16pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

You might want to check your platelets if they are a below normal but not low enough to get platelets, tell them you have been having a constant nose bleed, then they would have to give you some.

February 22, 2015 - 10:26pm
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I have been getting nose bleeds for the last three days they bleed any where for 20 minutes to an hour then a huge blood clot comes out my nose, and i get very dizzy and get a very bad migraine. I alreaady have a brain injury an was wondering if my sinuses could be causing this or my injury.

November 2, 2014 - 8:09pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)


Please contact your doctor, especially with your dizziness and migraines, as soon as possible. 

Please keep us updated-


November 24, 2014 - 4:45pm
EmpowHER Guest

It's completely normal I have had patients with the same issue. I put a nose tampon in and that stops the bleeding. I also had a patient who was bleeding for a week. The blockage was removed and I sent him home after I checked him to see if the bleeding had stopped.

September 2, 2014 - 10:54am
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I never get nose bleeds. The other morning I felt like I had phlegm in the back of my throat. When I coughed it up, it was a huge blood clot. I blew my nose to check it out and there was a slight amount of blood . did I have a nose bleed while sleeping and it accumilated in the back of my throat? Should I be concerned since this has never happened before? I am 60yrs old.

March 7, 2012 - 8:47pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

Hi Anon

Thanks for your question and welcome!

From our Nose Bleed Page:
Nosebleed symptoms differ, depending on where in the nose the bleeding begins.

■Anterior nosebleed—produces blood flow from one nostril when the patient sits or stands. Blood may pass down the throat if the person is coughing or blowing the nose.
■Posterior nosebleed—causes bleeding down the back of the mouth and throat. When the patient leans forward, the blood may flow from the nostril. Blood flow may be fast or slow.

The blood clot you spat up (which may mean you had the less common posterior nosebleed) was likely due to the blood drying and this made it into a more solid mass that you could spit up.

Was this the first time this has happened to you? Some people are more prone to nose bleeds, especially in dry climates or homes without a humidifier. There are many other reasons that you can read here:

If this happens again, it's a good idea to call your doctor to make sure all is well.

I hope this helps and thanks for writing!

October 31, 2011 - 10:01am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Well, Im 12 and this morning I woke up with a bad nose bleed. I still have it, so its been going on for about 25 minutes now. I was also spitting of chunks of blood in the mix of all the blood pouring out of my nose!!! What do I need to do???? Please let me know ASAP

November 22, 2014 - 4:46am
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