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Nose Bleed Causes & Risks


Causes include:

  • Irritation or breakage to the lining of the nose
  • Injury to the nasal tissue, which occurs more easily when nasal structure is not normal or the passages are inflamed due to a cold or allergies
  • Exceptionally dry nasal tissue
  • Picking or bumping the nose
  • Forceful blowing or rubbing the nose
  • A clot from a previous nosebleed becoming disturbed or dislodged
  • A foreign object placed in the nose
  • Tumors of the nose and/or sinuses
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Use of aspirin or other blood thinning (anticoagulant) medications
  • Other causes of tendency toward excessive bleeding, including hemophilia

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors for nosebleed include:

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