Dr. Temp Patterson Reveals How to Treat Nosebleeds

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Dr. Temp Patterson Reveals How to Treat Nosebleeds


That’s according to Dr. Temp Patterson, an otolaryngologist from Burley, Idaho.

Dr. Temp Patterson explains that physicians generally classify nosebleeds, also known as epistaxis, in on of two different ways.

“These are anterior nosebleeds and posterior nosebleeds,” Dr. Patterson told us. “An anterior nosebleed comes from the front part of the nose and begins with a flow of blood from one or both nostrils if the patient is sitting or standing. Meanwhile, a posterior nosebleed comes from deep inside the nose and will often flow into the mouth or throat, even if the patient is standing or sat upright.”

Dr. Temp Patterson mentions that while a patient can often stop nosebleeds easily by themselves. However, a posterior nosebleed will often require medical assistance.

According to Dr. Temp Patterson, anterior nosebleeds are particularly common in children, in dry climates, or during the winter months. he suggests. “It’s all about humidifying the nostrils.”

Dr. Patterson further suggests drinking plenty of water each day and advises considering a bedside humidifier for use at night in an effort to prevent or reduce the occurrence of anterior nosebleeds.


“Drinking water is the key to staying healthy, even if you hate the taste. Drink more water.”


Of posterior nosebleeds, Dr. Patterson explains that this type of bleeding is often a symptom of high blood pressure or the result of an injury to the nose or face. Posterior nosebleeds often require the assistance of a medical professional to stop.

“Being able to stop an anterior nosebleed is very important,” says the otolaryngologist. “To do so, pinch the soft part of the nose together between the thumb and first two fingers.”

“Then,” he adds, “press firmly toward the face, compressing the pinched parts of the nose against the bone structure of the face itself.”

This should then be held for between five and ten minutes, timed by a clock.

“Keep the head higher than the level of the heart,” Dr. Patterson continues, “by sitting up or lying with the head elevated. From here, apply crushed ice, in a plastic bag or wrapped in a washcloth, to the nose and cheeks.”

Dr. Temp Patterson is keen to stress that if bleeding continues, cannot be stopped, or keeps reoccurring, a patient must call their doctor or visit the emergency room.

“If bleeding is rapid or blood loss is significant,” he adds in closing, “or if a patient feels weak or faint, it’s imperative that they seek prompt medical attention.”


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