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Week: 571.4 Guest: Dr. Ron Charles, Asst. Prof. Emerg. Med. Southwestern Med Ctr., Dallas Topic: Nosebleeds...what to do Host/Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: The right way to deal with a nosebleed...coming up

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NEMA: Dr. Ron Charles, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, says the biggest cause of nosebleeds is digital trauma...and it has nothing to do with ones and zeros...keep your finger out of there...

CHARLES: Other factors include high blood pressure, which could be associated...and the weather plays a factor if it's real dry outside and your nose gets real dry. Or you're blowing it a lot... there's a greater likelihood that you could get a nosebleed.

NEMA: When a nosebleed hits you, one thing Dr. Charles says one thing you shouldn't do is tilt your head back...because the blood will irritate your stomach, and you won't know how much you've lost...

CHARLES: What we recommend is you blow your nose, because it could be a clot right at the spot of where it's bleeding, and that clot will stop that area from closing over...and it will continue to bleed and then you hold pressure for 10 minutes...we always tell you to sit down, lean with your head forward and apply that pressure for 10 to 15 minutes.

NEMA: If that doesn't work, head to your local emergency room. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.

 

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