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I need some advice about nosebleeds . I have been

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Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019
Question: I need some advice about nosebleeds. I have been having them for about 1 week, following a heavy cold. I bleed from the left nostril, and I can feel a scab in there.
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Avoid picking on this!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks so much for this query.

I have reviewed your information fully. This is consistent and explained by the cold you had. Avoid picking on it and this will resolve fully without any further intervention. You need no additional blood work as well. You may additionally try taking some steam inhalation for a few days.

In all, no need to be scared. This needs no additional medical intervention. It poses no further danger.

I wish you well.
Feel free to follow up with me if needed.

Regards


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Follow up: Dr. Chobufo Ditah (8 hours later)
Hi

How long should this take to clear up though? This is week 2 now. I have been using the Naseptin for a few days - I was nosebleed free for four days, until I had one yesterday. Is this normal? It really freaked me out as I was hoping the cream would have sorted it by now, although I have to use it for 10 days and haven't finished it yet...

How often is too often for nosebleeds? Should I be concerned at this stage? Is there anything else I can use to help it, and what should I avoid?
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Main goal is to avoid putting your finger or ny objects in there!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

The bleed is from fragile vessels caused by the severe cold you had. This will heal and it might take a few weeks. However, you should not continue having bleeds unless you blow the nose hard or insert your fingers or another object into it. Also, avoid constantly trying to look in there as this only disrupts healing.

The frequency of nose bleeds is not the problem but the quantity. As long as the quantity is minimal and stops spontaneously, there is no reason to panic. Continue NAseptin but remember its work is to prevent infections and not to stop bleeding. Bleeding would resolve with healing.

I hope this clarifies your worries and guides. I wish you well. Feel free to follow up with me if need be.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Chobufo Ditah (7 minutes later)
Hi

When applying the Naseptin, should I be aiming for where the scab is, or just putting it at the edge of my nostril - I may have disturbed it yesterday when applying the cream - I'm not sure how far up to go with it...
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Follow up: Dr. Chobufo Ditah (1 minute later)
... and should I avoid hot drinks? (sorry for all the questions!)
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (10 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Instill it simply and don't aim for the scab!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks for following up.

You need not to aim for the scab. Instill only and it will flow to other areas.

Aiming for the scab is not any better and may rather expose to trauma with consequent bleeding.

I hope this helps.
I wish you well.

Take Care
Kind Regards


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Brief Answer: Avoid picking on this! Detailed Answer: Hi and thanks so much for this query. I have reviewed your information fully. This is consistent and explained by the cold you had. Avoid picking on it and this will resolve fully without any further intervention. You need no additional blood work as well. You may additionally try taking some steam inhalation for a few days. In all, no need to be scared. This needs no additional medical intervention. It poses no further danger. I wish you well. Feel free to follow up with me if needed. Regards