If a nosebleed continues for more than 20 minutes, medical attention should be sought. In any situation where the nosebleed begins after trauma, for example after a head injury or after an auto accident, see the urgent care doctor immediately. If the nosebleed occurs because of a broken nose, medical help should be sought immediately. People who have chronic nosebleeds need to see the doctor, even if those nosebleeds usually resolve quite quickly, as there may be an underlying condition that requires attention. In most cases, the doctor can recommend simple treatments that work quickly.
The nose lining includes very delicate skin which has a rich supply of blood. Even the smallest cut or irritant can cause the nose to bleed quite heavily as a result.
It is rare for a nosebleed to be a serious medical issue, but it should still be watched carefully and taken seriously. In the rare cases that a nosebleed is serious, it typically occurs because of artery damage deep within the nose. In most serious nosebleeds, there is a major underlying health problem such as hypertension.
People who live in low humidity hot climates are more likely to get nosebleeds. People who suffer from a deviated septum have uneven airflow within the nostrils, which can lead to a nosebleed. When a person suffers from allergies or common colds regularly, they are more likely to develop nosebleeds due to the inflammation within the nose. Some medical conditions like hypertension and kidney failure can lead to chronic nosebleeds. Certain medications can increase the risk of a nosebleed. This includes not only prescription medicines but homeopathic medicines. These include Ginko Biloba, ginseng, and feverfew.