The Doctors: Anterior Nosebleeds & Posterior Nosebleeds in Adults


What Causes Reoccurring Nosebleeds in Adults?

It happens to everyone at some point in life. You are going about your business when you feel a tingling sensation in your nose.

You get a tissue to wipe your nose and discover that instead of mucus, you are seeing bright red blood. It is a nosebleed, and some people get them on a regular basis. But what is causing them, and what should you do about it?


The Doctors: Bloody Nose

The Doctors gave advice on how to treat a bloody nose, and when to seek medical attention.

The Drs TV: Anterior Nosebleed

Dr. Andrew Ordon said there are two common types of nosebleeds. The first is the Anterior Nosebleed, which starts in the front portion of your nose. If your nose gets dry or you pick your nose, this can cause nosebleeds.

On a separate but somewhat related topic, read about Why You Shouldn’t Pluck Your Nose Hair.


Anterior Vs Posterior Nosebleed

Dr. Andrew said that the younger a person is, the more predisposed they are to Anterior Nosebleeds.

Adults are more likely to get Posterior Nosebleeds, which could be life threatening. Blood Vessels in the back of your nose can lead to strong or intense nosebleeds. High Blood Pressure could be behind these Posterior Nosebleeds, especially if you are taking medications like Aspirin.

The Doctors: Bloody Nose Treatments

Dr. Travis Stork said there is a way to tell the difference. Treating a nosebleed involves holding pressure on the bleed for as long as 15 minutes. Dr. Andrew said sit up and lean slightly forward while applying pressure to your nose.

A typical anterior nosebleed would clear up within a few minutes, once the blood has a chance to properly clot. Posterior bleeding is heavy and intense; those bleeds lead to heavy throat drainage, which can be alarming and even cause you to choke.

ER For A Nosebleed?

If you see no results after 30 minutes of attempting to get your nosebleed to clot, it’s probably time to go to the emergency room if you’re having uncontrollable bleeding. This is caused by the large veins associated with a typical Posterior Nosebleed.

Dr. Andrew explained that ER treatment would probably involve passing a balloon through the nose, combined with packing the nasal cavity to stop the heavy bleeding caused by the larger blood vessels.


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