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When should I seek medical care for a nosebleed?

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When to call the doctor about nosebleeds:

  • If you have repeated episodes of nosebleeds.
  • If you have additional bleeding from places other than the nose, such as in the urine or stool.
  • If you bruise easily.
  • If you are on any blood-thinning drugs, including aspirin or warfarin (Coumadin).
  • If you have any underlying disease that may affect your blood clotting, such as liver disease, kidney disease, or hemophilia (inability of blood to clot).
  • If you recently had chemotherapy.

Go to the hospital for nosebleeds if:

  • You are still bleeding after pinching the nose for 10 minutes.
  • You are having repeated episodes of nosebleeds over a short time.
  • You feel dizzy or light-headed or like you are going to pass out.
  • You have a rapid heartbeat or trouble breathing.
  • You are spitting up or vomiting blood.
  • You have a rash or temperature greater than than 101.4 degrees F (38.5 degrees C).
  • Your doctor instructs you to go to a hospital's emergency department.

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If after using normal measures, pinching the nose for 10 minutes(sitting straight up and leaning head forward,) at 30 minutes take to doctor or hospital because of the person could have lost enough blood to have a transfusing.  Each case is different.but if lose is a lot it is better to wrong and take to doctor or hospital, than to guess and have more complications plus the nose bleed could be sign of other problems. ..

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