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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Frequent nose bleeding

11/14/2007

Question:

I have not had many nose bleeds in my life until this month. I have had about eight total before this year. I’m 20 now so that should create a picture. I have had about twelve to sixteen in the last month. I don’t know what’s causing them, but they are out of the same nostril every time. I don’t use drugs, but I drink maybe once a week, if even that. Thanks.

Answer:

Nose bleeds can be a reflection of a local problem or represent an unexpected bleeding problem. Patients should be seen by an ear nose and throat specialist, and if no local problem is noted, a workup for abnormal bleeding should be initiated.

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Response by:

Eric H Kraut, MD Eric H Kraut, MD
Professor of Hematology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University