Why Do We Get Nosebleeds?

Why Do We Get Nosebleeds?

This episode of DNews is brought to you by
Norton Security. you might get a surprise one as a kid or an
awful embarrassing ones as an adult. But what the heck causes nosebleeds? Hey guys, Julia here for DNews 60% of the population will experience epistaxis
EP EH STECK SIS or a nasal hemorrhage sometime in their life. They’re embarrassing, messy,
and fun fact: in Japanese pop culture a sign of sexual arousal. So what happens when Mount Vesuvius erupts
on your face? Well , your nose is filled with lots of blood vessels with only a thin membrane
to protect them. Often this membrane gets torn or irritated. and boom, your face is
dripping with blood. there’s two kinds of nosebleeds, anterior
and posterior. Anterior nosebleeds are in the part of your nose called Kiesselbach’s
triangle and are triggered by an irritation to the lower nasal septum, the thin membrane
that separates your nostrils. Kids most often get this kind. I think they spend too much
time digging for gold. More common in adults, posterior nosebleeds
originate further back and higher up in the nose, to where arteries are. Sometimes they
can be severe enough to warrant medical attention. So how do you get them? Well the nose is in
a vulnerable place, so a bump or a punch might do some damage. Other than that common irritants
include cold, high altitude, dry air. Anything that dries out your nose leaves the lower
nasal septum vulnerable. A little scratch from a fingernail can start the blood gushing.
Although. spontaneous nosebleeds might be a sign of hypertension or infection disease,
or even more rarely Vitamin C deficiency, anemia, or heart failure. Those are common causes, what about more strange
ones you ask? Recently it was reported that
A scottish backpacker who had just come back from South Asia started to have frequent nosebleeds.
After a few weeks, she went to see a doctor, who thought it wasn’t serious and told her
just to go home. Then one night, she felt the blood clot move. Upon closer inspection
she saw something with ridges. A leech had lived in her nose for FOUR WEEKS. Another nasty nosebleed comes out of Saudi
Arabia. A 22 year old man reportedly kept getting nosebleeds on and off for about three
years. When he finally went to the doctor, they discovered a tooth growing in his nasal
cavity! So how do you stop a nosebleed? Dr. Mary Pickett,
an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School says a pinch will do the trick and
you should treat all nosebleeds like an anterior one. Pinch your nose halfway between the tip
of the nose and the bridge. Lean forward so the blood doesn’t drip down your throat.
Hold tight for five minutes. If that doesn’t do the trick, repeat. On rare occasions you
might need to go to the hospital. More complicated methods include cauterizing the blood vessel
using silver nitrate. Researchers from Detroit Medical Center won
an ig nobel prize in 2014 for using an old school approach. The award celebrates silly
and surprising but practical research. The researchers couldn’t stop a young girl’s
nose bleed with traditional methods so they tried salt pork. They say that “there are
some clotting factors in the pork … and the high level of salt will pull in a lot
of fluid from the nose”. Unfortunately this might cause more harm than good if its coated
in bacteria so it’s not recommended. So do you get nosebleeds? How do you stop
them? Would ever use pork? Let us know in the comments below, while you’re at it,
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8 comments on “Why Do We Get Nosebleeds?

  1. Angelica The artist,gaming,gymnastics Post author

    I always get a nose bleed because i stay upside-down to long edit: i sometimes get nose bleeds while i sleep


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