The delicate skin inside your nose is easily irritated and can start bleeding easily. A nosebleed can come from bumping your face, too much time outdoors, or even over-eager cleaning. A deviated septum can also lead to regular nosebleeds, as can medications or street drugs. Treating nosebleeds can be reasonably simple, and they often look worse than they actually are. Thin skin and sensitive nasal passageways can produce a lot of blood for such a small area, but many times, nosebleeds can be treated at home, without the need for medical intervention.

1. The Two Types of Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds come in two varieties. Anterior nosebleeds occur when the blood vessels in the front of the nose rupture and blood comes out. They are the most common type of nosebleed and typically start with blood suddenly coming out of just one nostril when someone is standing or sitting down. While these can be startling, they’re fairly easy to stop. Posterior nosebleeds begin deep within the nose, which is why the blood from a posterior nosebleed will flow down the back of the mouth and throat, even if you’re not lying down. Determining which type of nosebleed you have can help determine – and prevent – the causes.

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