If you are dealing with frequent nosebleeds, it’s probably time to see a doctor.
Most of us will deal with a nosebleed or two throughout our lifetime. While it is a bit annoying and unpleasant it usually isn’t a cause for concern; however, if you are experiencing severe or persistent nosebleeds this could be a sign of an underlying health problem. This is when it’s time to visit our Chesterfield, MO, otolaryngologist, Dr. Paul Burk, to find out what’s causing your nosebleeds and how to treat it.
When are nosebleeds considered chronic?
It’s normal to have a nosebleed every once in a while. This can happen if you pick at the skin or if the skin inside the nose dries out and cracks. This usually isn’t something to worry about; however, if you’re experiencing recurring and persistent nosebleeds then it’s worth having it checked out.
If you have nosebleeds four or more times a week this is considered a chronic problem. Even those who are noticing nosebleeds a few times a month may be dealing with a more long-term underlying issue such as allergies.
What can cause recurring nosebleeds?
There are several things that may be to blame and many times our Chesterfield, MO, otolaryngologist may be able to determine the cause through a simple physical examination of the nose and sinus cavity. Sometimes imaging tests will be needed to diagnose or rule out certain conditions or problems. Common causes of chronic nosebleeds include,
- Rupture of the blood vessels close to the surface of the nose
- Nasal polyps or tumors of the sinuses
- Abnormal blood clotting or conditions that affect blood clotting
- Taking blood-thinning medications
When should I see a doctor?
If you’re dealing with frequent nosebleeds, it’s a good idea to find out what’s going on. If you are also having trouble getting your nosebleeds under control through at-home care then it’s also a good time to consult with an ear, nose and throat doctor for more effective treatment.
Practicing for more than 30 years in and around Chesterfield, MO, Dr. Burk and his team have been providing comprehensive ear, nose and throat medical care to children, teens and adults. If you are dealing with chronic nosebleeds call our ear, nose, throat and balloon sinuplasty practice at (314) 576-7503 to make an appointment.