Nose bleeds are all too common. In fact about 60% of the population will have at least one nose bleed in their lifetime. At Survive Outdoors we target causes and risk factors as well as the quickest way to stop a nose bleed in the outdoors when your away from medical care.
Nose bleeds are all too common. Approximately 60 to 65 percent of the population will experience a nose bleed in their lifetime. Cause vary from direct trauma, to dry air, picking your nose, altitude changes, people on blood thinners, uncontrolled high blood pressure, pregnancy and those that have clotting disorders. In the outdoors dry air and high altitude are large contributors.
There are two types of nose bleeds anterior, the least severe and most common and posterior nose bleeds, the most concerning.
These are the bleeds that occur toward the front of your nose near the inner soft, friable tissue. These vessels are small in comparison to the posterior vessels. Anterior nose bleeds can be stopped with direct pressure most of the time.
These are bleeds that originate in the back of the nose. They are difficult to stop and should be referred to an ENT specialist or Emergency Department. You know if you have a posterior bleed if the bleeding cannot be stopped after twenty minutes or there about and the bleeding is consistently draining down the back of your throat.
I always advise following up with your PCP Primary Care Provider when you return from your camping trip or hiking expedition.