Add one more woe related to winter: Nosebleeds.
If you find yourselves getting nosebleeds every time winter rolls along, there’s a reason: Cold weather is drying and irritating to the nose, says Dr. Barry Shapiro, an ear, nose and throat specialist withWESTMED at Ridge Hill in Yonkers.
People of all ages are vulnerable to winter nosebleeds. But you may be more prone to nosebleeds if you’re on blood thinners, have a deviated septum, suffer from nasal irritation or are living with a chronic disease.
If you get frequent nosebleeds, it’s important to see an ENT specialist, who may need to cauterize a single offending blood vessel, says Shapiro.
Nosebleeds that are so severe they can’t be stopped with direct pressure — or cause blood to go down the throat or out of the opposite nostril — need medical attention. But most nosebleeds do not indicate a serious underlying condition, says Shapiro, who offers these tips.
How to prevent a nosebleed
• Put a humidifier in your bedroom, and set it at 50 percent. Elevate your head while sleeping.
• Stay well hydrated; keep in mind that caffeine is dehydrating. Don’t smoke.
• Avoid using nonprescription antihistamines, decongestants or medicated nasal sprays. They ...