Why do nose bleeds happen?
The medical name for a nose bleed is epistaxis. You may experience a nose bleed for many different reasons. These include an injury to your nose, the medication that you are taking, or due to conditions that affect the nose (such as allergy or sinusitis). Most commonly, however, the reason for a nose bleed is not known. Tumours in your nose may also cause a nose bleed.
What happens at your Appointment?
Your surgeon will discuss your nose bleed, the side that is bleeding, how often and how severe. He will also ask if you have any other medical problems (such as haemophilia), the medication you are taking (such as Aspirin, Clopidogrel or Warfarin), or allergies. A thorough examination of your nose will be carried out, including endoscopy after local anaesthesia.
How is my nose bleed treated?
Several treatments are available for nose bleeds, which include creams and gels, antibiotics, cauterisation and ultimately, surgery. The treatment recommended for your nose bleed will depend on many factors. Your surgeon will be able to discuss these with you.
What surgery is available to treat problematic nose bleeds?
Endoscopic sphenopalatine artery ligation
Anterior ethmoidal artery ligation
What should you do next?