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Winter Nosebleeds

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If you’re susceptible to nosebleeds, the dry winter air may bring them on more frequently, according to a report from the Medical College of Wisconsin. A dry environment can make the lining in your nose thinner and more vulnerable to minor irritations.

Reduce the likelihood of your nose bleeding by:

Drinking more water.

Using a salt-based nasal spray as frequently as necessary.

Gently applying a small amount of petroleum jelly to the lining of your nose.

Using a home humidifier.

Avoiding regular use of aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications. They diminish the blood’s ability to clot.


Coping With Winter Nose Bleeds

Wintry climates and cold viruses can lead to frequent nosebleeds, says the National Hemophilia Foundation.

To prevent nosebleeds during winter, the foundation suggests:

Use a humidifier to moisturize the air.

Use a nasal saline spray or water-soluble gel for your nose.

If you have a cold, wipe gently. Don’t clear your nose with hard blows.

Avoid vigorous activities after a nosebleed.

Don’t pick your nose.