What is Nosebleeds?

Epistaxis (from epistazo, "to bleed from the nose" from epi, "above, over" and stazo, "to drip [from the nostrils]") or a nosebleed is the relatively common occurrence of hemorrhage from the nose, usually noticed when the blood drains out through the nostrils. There are two types: anterior (the most common), and posterior (less common, more likely to require medical attention). Sometimes in more severe cases, the blood can come up the nasolacrimal duct and out from the eye. Fresh blood and clotted blood can also flow down into the stomach and cause nausea and vomiting.

Although the sight of large amounts of blood can be alarming and may warrant medical attention, nosebleeds are rarely fatal, accounting for only 4 of the 2.4 million deaths in the U.S. in 1999.

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For the last 2 days I ve been having nosebleeds about 3 each day. I get them to stop after a few minutes by using cold kleenexs. I m taking mg...

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The commonest reason of nose-bleeds at your age with the history you provided is hypertension, loosening support of the blood vessels with age....

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