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Nosebleeds (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Contact a health care practitioner if the person experiences the following:

  • repeated episodes of nosebleeds;
  • additional bleeding from places other than the nose, such as in the urine or stool;
  • easy bruising;
  • if the person has nosebleeds and is taking any blood-thinning medications (for example, aspirin or warfarin [Coumadin]);
  • if the person has nosebleeds and any underlying disease that may affect blood clotting, such as liver disease, kidney disease, or hemophilia (inability of blood to clot); or
  • if the person has nosebleeds and recently had chemotherapy.

Go to the hospital if the person with the nosebleed:

  • is still bleeding after pinching the nose for 10 to 20 minutes;
  • is having repeated episodes of nosebleeds over a short time or if a large amount of blood is lost;
  • feels dizzy or light-headed, or feels that they are going to pass out;
  • has a rapid heartbeat or trouble breathing;
  • is vomiting blood;
  • has a rash or temperature greater than 101.4 F (38.5 C); or
  • if a health care practitioner instructs you to go to a hospital's emergency department.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/1/2015

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