Nose bleed (Other names: Epistaxis, nasal haemorrhage).
Nosebleeds involve bleeding from the inside of your nose. Nosebleeds can originate from the front of the nose or from the back of the nose. Bleeding typically will be seen from only one nostril. If the bleeding is heavy, blood can fill up the affected nostril and overflow into the nasopharynx, this is the area inside the nose where the two nostrils converge. This can then lead to blood flow from the other nostril as well. Nose bleeds can sometime cause blood to drip into the back of the throat. Blood can then accumulate into the stomach, causing you to spit up or vomit blood (hemoptysis).
If the blood loss is significant enough it can cause dizziness, weakness, confusion, and fainting.
Some causes of nose bleeds are:
Before your consultation with you doctor, think about the following questions they may ask you.
Do not drive yourself to an emergency room if you're losing significant amounts of blood. You should call 911 or have someone drive you to seek medical attention.
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