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Have flu. Started pain in head, stuffy nose and blood while blowing nose. Proper diagnosis?

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My mother got a flue last week. She is 60 years old. Got high temperature. XXXXXXX got bit busing tylenol, but last night her one side of the head hurt very much and her nose was very stuffy, when she blowed her nose lot of blood came from the side of the nose where her head hurted.
Is tehre any diagnostics.
Posted Sun, 16 Dec 2012 in Infections
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 1 hour later

Thank you for the query.

When there is an infection which involves nose mucosa the blood vessels gets dilated due to its irritation by inflammatory factors. It results with mucosa swelling, fluid secretion and sometimes can cause bleeding. Moreover, if you do put pressure into such dilated vessels while blowing, it gets ripped and cause bleeding. This is quite common, that is why it is not advisable to blow the nose hard.
If this was only temporary bleeding, there is nothing to worry about. But if it will start appear again and again, laryngologist should be visited.

Hope this will help Feel free to ask further questions.
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