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Flying and Nosebleeds

After a long day of traveling, mostly by plane, I woke up with a nosebleed. The last time a bloody nose roused me from sleep, I was learning long division. I thought it odd, but the dry air in planes can push an irritated nose over the edge and result in a nosebleed, and the altitude doesn't help the situation either. More of a nuisance than a medical problem, nosebleeds are dramatic but not really painful (at least for me). Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn't tip your head back, but rather lean slightly forward in a seated position while pinching your nose with your thumb and forefinger for five to 10 minutes. Avoid blowing your nose for several hours after the bleeding has stopped to prevent another nosebleed. If you cannot get the bleeding to stop after 20 minutes, seek medical attention. You should also be treated if your bloody nose is the result of an accident.

If you're suffering from allergies, live in dry place, and are flying in the near future, you should keep the interior of your nose moist with a saline nasal spray. No one wants to start a vacation with a nosebleed, especially a Summer one when so many people are wearing white. Tell me have you ever suffered through a nosebleed?


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mek123 mek123 8 years
Almost every time I fly or go to the mountains, I get a nosebleed, not fun at all.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I don't think I've ever had a nosebleed, but my husband gets them all the time from exactly the things you described: dry air, allergies, etc...
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I used to get nosebleeds frequently. In my case, I think it was a combination of allergies (which would cause me to blow my nose frequently, and irritate the inside of my nose) AND dry air. I've used some natural remedies that helped a lot. To manage my allergies, I practice nasal irrigation with warm water (not saline. My nose is very sensitive, and saline burns the inside of my nose). For the dryness, I apply vaseline with a q-tip. These natural remedies help a lot. I don't get nosebleeds anymore. In my case, it was important for me to use natural, gentle materials, as I'm allergic to most chemicals. Also, the materials (netty pot for nasal irrigation, warm water, vaseline) are fairly inexpensive, and they get the job done. :)
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I never had a nosebleed.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I had nosebleeds all the time when I was little, so I wasn't surprised when I started getting them again when I was an adult. I usually get them in the winter because my nose is so dry. A saline spray usually helps with that. I also get them when I am extremely stressed... I still haven't found anything to help with those nosebleeds.
merie33 merie33 8 years
I get them all the time. And usually at the most inconvenient times when I'm driving, or at work.
Graze-With-Me Graze-With-Me 8 years
Growing up and still living in Colorado, I can't even count how many I've had. Good to know you're not supposed to lean back though, I always did that and then it came into my mouth....ick.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
In the wintertime, we usually have our woodstove going most of the time and it really dries out the air and I occasionally get nosebleeds. I've found that a humidifier helps a little, but I use the saline spray as well. It definitely helps quite a bit.
kia kia 8 years
My husband and I had a few shortly after we moved from humid Miami to arid Colorado. In addition to a humidifier we also relied on our neti pot and drank a lot of water.
a-million-suns a-million-suns 8 years
I have had SO many nosebleeds--I have allergies and live in a dry climate. Saline spray definitely helps a lot
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