I have a nose bleeding issue from childhood when my body heat gets too high. This can happen from weather, or food like almonds, raisin, dates etc. But I've gotten a bit of a cold during recent weather changes and it has stuck with me. Doctor said to take soup and other hot things, but the weather is already getting warmer and I've already got one nose bleed instance.

How can I follow the doctors recommendation to take soup and other warm foods, but still avoid the nosebleeds? (The nosebleed is unrelated to the cold that I have.)

  • @JohnP How do you know the nosebleed is unrelated to the cold if OP confirmed that he has both?
    – kenorb
    Apr 25 '15 at 11:46
  • @kenorb we had a conversation about it on chat. He just want to eliminate the confusion. Apr 25 '15 at 12:26

I can't address how you can avoid your body temperature rising with certain foods like almonds or raisins, as I'm unfamiliar with that issue. Soups can be eaten cold or at room temperature, and you can lower your body temperature slightly with iced drinks, quick sponge baths, etc.

But controlling the most frequent causes of nosebleeds might help you reduce their occurrance.

The vast majority of bloody noses in healthy individuals (by that, I mean people without specific diseases of the blood or mucous membranes, etc.) arise from one specific area in the nose (on either side):

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In the mucosa of the nasal septum (the cartilagenous structure separating the nose into two sides), there is an area where several arteries "meet", giving it an exceptionally rich vascular supply, called Kiesselbach's plexus. It is on the anterior surface, and exposed to dry air and trauma (even such as might be sustained by a bad cold). People often get nosebleeds from nasal mucosal irritation due to upper respiratory infections. Bleeding typically occurs when the mucosa erodes for any reason, and the capillaries and venules (and sometimes arterioles) become exposed and subsequently break. The result is the familiar bloody dripping of a nosebleed.

The most common treatment is direct pressure (squeezing the sides of the nose together) for 5-10 minutes. This works because putting direct pressure on any bleed stops the blood flow long enough for a clot to form and the arteriole to close down. If needed, more aggressive control can be achieved by a professional.

Besides the immediate treatment of bloody noses, anything that helps with the integrity of the nasal mucosa is going to help reduce nosebleeds. One can

  • run a humidifier in dry weather
  • avoid irritating by touching the nose or blowing nose too often
  • apply a very light layer of petrolatum or Bacitracin ointment to the inside of the nose covering Kiesselbach's plexus at night so the nose-breathing doesn't dry out your nose
  • use nasal saline spray to moisten and soothe the nasal membranes (don't rub the tip of the spray bottle against the nasal membranes, though)

*more serious or recurrent bleeding needs medical attention to rule out other conditions that are associated with frequent nose bleeds.

Edited to reflect additional information.



Nosebleed (medical term: epistaxis) can be caused by number of factors and its cause is not always determined. You could have either anterior (inside your nostrils) or posterior nosebleed (at the back of your nose). If the mucous membrane becomes inflamed or cracked, it's more likely to bleed if it is disturbed.

It can be caused by an infection, changes in humidity or temperature (such as cold weather).

During cold winter seasons nose bleeding is associated with low relative humidity of inhaled air, so you could try some air room humidifiers and see if increasing humidity will make any difference.

Nosebleeds aren't usually serious, however if node bleeding happens quite often or lasts for too long, you should seek for medical help or contact otolaryngologist so it can be assessed and the exact cause can be determined.

Nosebleeds can be stopped without the need for medical attention. To do that you may firmly pinch the soft part of your nose (just above your nostrils) for 10-15 minutes, lean forward and breathe through your month to drain blood down your nose, instead of down the back of your throat. You can also place an ice pack covered by a a tower on the bridge of your nose. And staying upright would reduce the blood pressure.NHS

When you nose has stopped bleeding, you can reduce the risk of your nose bleeding again by following the advice below:NHS

  • avoid blowing or picking your nose,
  • avoid heavy lifting or intensive exercise,
  • don't remove any crusts as they're useful part of the healing process,
  • sneeze with open mouth to reduce the pressure inside your nose,
  • avoid people with coughs and colds.
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    Please support with references or remove: " Nosebleed (epistaxis) usually indicates body weakness..." Also, I don't think the OP was asking how to deal with the common cold, but with epistaxis. Apr 23 '15 at 21:00
  • @JohnP Did some minor improvements. Excessive bleeding which can cause anaemia is based on information found at NHS, they don't specify how much blood loss is actually needed to cause anemia.
    – kenorb
    Apr 24 '15 at 14:26
  • You have not addressed the concern of @anongoodnurse. Considering you are labeling this a primary cause of epistaxis, can you add your references for this claim?
    – JohnP
    Apr 24 '15 at 14:38
  • @kenorb - I have undeleted your answer. However, it still does not fit the edited question (Which I edited after getting clarification from the poster.) Please note the edited question, and I am giving you a chance to edit and improve your answer. However, if you don't address the body weakness concern and the directed scope of the question that your answer may get deleted again as not being an answer.
    – JohnP
    Apr 24 '15 at 22:00
  • @JohnP I've re-written my answer, let me know if that's fine.
    – kenorb
    Apr 25 '15 at 12:24

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