2121 N. Craycroft Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85712
PHONE: (520) 575-1272
FAX: (520) 575-1789
1358 W. Orange Grove Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85704
What are the symptoms?
Bleeding from the nose for more than 5 minutes
What’s going on behind the scenes?
There are many thin-walled vessels located in the front of the lining of the septum (Kiesselbach’s plexus) that are susceptible to cracking from dryness or light trauma. Due to our dry climate, nosebleeds (epistaxis) are a common reason for office and emergency room visits in Tucson. Taking blood thinners (warfarin, Xarelto, Eliquis) and having high-blood pressure worsens the blood loss. Pinching the nostrils together at the bottom of the nose while keeping the head in a neutral position may help with bleeding.
How Tucson ENT can help
Nasal moisturizers like Nasogel and Ayrgel are very helpful in treating and preventing nosebleeds. However, if the above does not fix the bleeding, then cautery in the office with silver nitrate or heat is usually effective.