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Bleeding snot is a condition where blood comes out from the nose or better known to the public as nosebleeds. Although it looks scary, nosebleeds are quite common and are not always caused by a serious condition
Nosebleeds are actually nothing to worry about. If you occasionally find blood in your nose and then it clears up again, chances are that the condition you are experiencing is not a dangerous condition.
However, you need to be careful if your snot is bleeding profusely and doesn't stop, or if your snot starts to bleed after a head or facial injury. If this happens, see a doctor immediately so that an examination can be carried out so that you can quickly get the right diagnosis and treatment.
Various Causes of Bloody Snot
Bleeding mucus will usually appear red, reddish, pink, or brown in color. There are several reasons why your snot may bleed, including:
- Injuries to the nose due to the habit of picking your nose or blowing your nose too hard
- Rupture of blood vessels in the nose due to cold and dry air
- There is a foreign body in the nose
- Irritation or allergy to the nose
- Certain diseases, such as upper respiratory tract infections (ARI), high blood pressure, blood clotting disorders, and tumors or cancer of the nose
In addition, bloody mucus can also occur as a side effect of blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin and antihistamine or decongestant drugs, which can cause a dry nose and easy nosebleeds.
How to Overcome Bloody Snot
For bloody mucus caused by the common causes above, you can fix it with the following steps:
- Keep sitting up straight with your head slightly tilted or raised up. Avoid lying down when the nose is still bleeding.
- Lean your body slightly forward with your head not looking up to prevent blood from flowing back into your throat, which can cause you to choke on blood. Blow the blood clot out of your nose slowly.
- Pinch the soft part of the nose with your thumb and forefinger. Apply a little pressure while still pinching the nose. You can breathe through your mouth while doing this.
- Hold for 5–10 minutes and repeat until the bleeding stops.
- Compress the nose and cheek area with ice wrapped in a cloth.
When you have bloody mucus or a nosebleed, avoid picking it or stuffing your nose with a tissue or cotton swab.
There are some medicines and special sprays as first aid for nasal congestion and minor bleeding, but people with high blood pressure should be careful. Use as directed or recommended by a doctor. Examples of drugs that can be consumed include oxymetazoline nasal drops.
Bleeding snot or nosebleeds can seem scary, but you should stay calm when you experience it and try some of the ways above.
However, you are advised to consult an ENT doctor if you experience bloody mucus that doesn't stop, nosebleeds or profuse bleeding, fever, headache, and if there is a history of head or facial injuries.