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Is my nosebleed cause for concern?

By Anonymous September 21, 2010 - 5:08pm
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I do not usually get nosebleeds. Tonight I went to an aerobics class with a friend (I do not usually do a lot of aerobics) and halfway through I got a nosebleed. The bleed itself wasn't that bad - it stopped after a few minutes. However, I was a bit concerned when I brought up some blood from the back of my throat and when I spit it into a tissue there was a large blood clot. Is this cause for concern and should I see a doctor?

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Anon - The nose contains a lot of blood vessels and membranes. The most common cause of a nose bleed is drying of the nasal membranes - a nosebleed can occur spontaneously when the nasal membranes dry out and crack. If you're taking any type of medication that interferes with normal blood clotting, such as aspirin, that could also have an impact.

Generally medical attention isn't needed for a one-time nosebleed, but the decision on whether or not to contact your doctor is yours. There are clear indicators, however, for seeking medical attention which include the following:

* If bleeding cannot be stopped or keeps occurring.

* If bleeding is rapid, or if blood loss is large.

* If you feel weak or faint, presumably from blood loss.

The blood in the back of your throat may or may not be related to the nosebleed. If you experience additional bleeding you should definitely see your healthcare provider to get a professional diagnosis of the cause and treatment.

Hopefully you've just had an isolated incident and all will be fine, but don't hesitate to seek medical help if you have additional problems.

Take care,

September 21, 2010 - 6:07pm
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