What are some solutions for nose bleeds?

A fellow caregiver asked...

I get night-time nose bleeds only during the cold months of the year. What are some possible solutions for them?

Expert Answer

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

Usually, this occurs because your nose gets too dry from the heater. The tissue inside your nose likes to be moist; if it dries out too much, it gets irritated, and will easily bleed.

The easiest way to help this problem is to get a humidifier for your bedroom and use it at night during the winter months. This will add moisture to the air, which will keep your nose from drying out and bleeding.

If you cannot afford a humidifier, you could also try to use nasal saline regularly to keep your nose moist. You can also crack a window in your bedroom to allow moist air inside.

Hope this helps!