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  • Hey, there, welcome to Life Noggin!

  • If you've never had a nosebleed before, the first one can be terrifying.

  • Especially if you're young when it happens and have no idea what's going on.

  • All you know is that blood is leaking out of your face... for no reason.

  • But of course, now that you are older, you know that there is a reason your nose started to bleed.

  • You were experiencing a condition known as epistaxis.

  • When this occurs, it can be one of two types: anterior or posterior.

  • More than likely, you'll get an anterior nosebleed, which is caused by irritation to blood vessels in the nasal septum.

  • That's the part of your nose that separates your two nostrils.

  • And it's also the part of your nose that can get deviated, which can lead to difficulty breathing.

  • And fun fact: It's estimated that 80% of people have some type of misalignment to their nasal septum.

  • If I had a nose, I could attest to that, but sadly, my face is pretty featureless, as you can see.

  • But a block can dream!

  • Anyway, in the nasal septum is an area called the Kiesselbach plexus, where four different arteries come together to form a network of blood vessels.

  • So, when this area is irritated by either a vigorous blow or a roaming finger, some of the blood vessels may break.

  • And then you get blood running down your face and possibly the back of your throat.

  • But what about dry air?

  • In the northern hemisphere, winter is coming, and with it comes a lot of nosebleeds.

  • The decreased humidity and temperature prevent your nose from getting the moisture it needs.

  • This then makes the mucous membrane more susceptible to bleeding.

  • And... voila! You get blood leaking down your nostril.

  • The only thing more unappealing than that is saying the words "mucous membrane".

  • So, how do you stop the blood?

  • Well, it's recommended that you pinch the soft part of your nose for ten minutes, making sure to keep the nostrils closed.

  • This pressure helps the blood to clot and stops the bleeding.

  • Oh, and make sure you lean forward during this because, otherwise, as I previously mentioned, blood can leak down the back of your throat, which you don't want.

  • However, if you are lucky enough to be near a doctor when you get a nosebleed, if they can easily see the broken blood vessel, they may be able to cauterize, or seal it, using silver nitrate.

  • So now your nose... I'm sorry. I could've just ended this.

  • So, do yourself a favor and keep all fingers and foreign objects away from your nostrils.

  • Your nose and future self will thank you.

  • Have you ever had a nosebleed? Do you get them often?

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