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My husband just had a kidney transplant a year-and-a-half ago and is experiencing bloody noses should I be concerned

By Anonymous September 1, 2017 - 11:35am
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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

There are two types of nosebleeds:

Anterior nosebleed—blood coming from the front of the nose, usually the semi-rigid walls that separate the two nostrils. This is the most common type of nosebleed.
Posterior nosebleed—bleeding starts deep within the nose. It is often more difficult to treat and more severe than an anterior nosebleed.

There are many reasons for nosebleeds:

Causes include:

Irritation or breakage to the lining of the nose
Injury to the nasal tissue, which occurs more easily when nasal structure is not normal or the passages are inflamed due to a cold or allergies
Exceptionally dry nasal tissue
Picking or bumping the nose
Forceful blowing or rubbing the nose
A clot from a previous nosebleed becoming disturbed or dislodged
A foreign object placed in the nose
Tumors of the nose and/or sinuses
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Use of aspirin or other blood thinning (anticoagulant) medications
Other causes of tendency toward excessive bleeding, including hemophilia

There are many risk factors involved - none may pertain to your husband but it's worth a look:

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors for nosebleed include:

Irregularity in the structure of the nose
Abnormalities of the blood vessels in the nose (angiomas)
Dry climate
Winter, with dry, heated indoor air
Infections including:
Scarlet fever
Typhoid fever
Diseases including:
Wegener's granulomatosis
Childhood and advanced age
Cocaine use
Bleeding or clotting disorders including those due to:
Liver disease
Aplastic anemia
Low platelet counts
Cancer treatment
Anticoagulant (blood-thinning) drugs, including aspirin
High blood pressure

Anon, a person with a kidney transplant (as I am sure you know) is more vulnerable, health-wise, than many others. It's best to err on the side of caution and mention this to his doctor.

September 1, 2017 - 2:32pm
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