Post # 1
This might be a grose subject for some, but I need some help here. Last winter (mid-winter) I moved with my FI to a really northern town (for work). Everything was fine then except I was freezing and had really dry skin! Well, this winter has rolled around and it’s my first official whole winter up here. Ever since it started to get really cold (mid-November) I’ve been getting a bloody nose. It’s super dry here and I don’t know how to prevent them. I grew up on Vancouver Island so the climate there is mild and humid, very opposite of what it is here.
Does anyone know some tips I can use to stop this? I’ve been getting a nose bleed every 1-2 days for the last 4 weeks (since it really started to get cold and snow). It’s usually only a few drops and happens mostly when I get up in the morning. A couple times I’ve had a very heavy bleed and it sort of caught me off gaurd, but only lasted a couple of minutes. I would go in to see the doctor, but it’s so booked up right now I don’t think I’ll see anyone until after the holidays.
Does this happen to anyone else? Should I possibly be concerned or is this just the climate change I need to get used to? Hopefully some one has some info for me! Thanks in advance 🙂
Post # 4
Definitely a humidifier. Maybe using a neti pot would help too?
Post # 5
Yeah run a humidifer all the time and also Aquaphor might help. Put a little on a Q-tip and rub it inside your nose.
Post # 6
Keep hydrated!!! I’m a southeast Canada bee and drinking lots of water in the winter is an absolute must!!!
Post # 7
Thanks everyone. I’ve been considering a humidifier, but wasn’t really sure if it would help. Been trying to drink tons of water that’s for sure!
@ohnyc: What is Aquaphor? Can you get it at the drug store?
Post # 8
Aquaphor is a moisturizer. You can get it at the drug store!
Post # 9
Humidifier!! We just brought ours up from the basement last night and plugged the sucker in. We kept “shocking” each other due to static. Plus, my hands and lips have been so dry the last two weeks. We used the humidifer last winter and it worked great!! That should help!
Oh, and I’ve had nosebleeds since I was little (one or two per fall/winter) and the humidifier definitely helps! 🙂
Post # 10
Ugh – I hate that. I’m in Winnipeg and this time of year SUCKS! Dry lips, dry skin, and yeah, bloody noses. You can get nasal saline sprays – I would recommend using one. Squirt a couple of times in each nostril, twice a day. You can get some that are just saline solution, so they are safe to use as much as you want.
A humidifier would probably help. But then of course you still have to go outside and to work… etc. The PPs idea of drinking lots of water is good. Keeping your body hydrated will ultimately help keep your skin moist.
You may find that things get better as your body adjusts to the cold weather. Like you said – you’re used to humid Vancouver!
Post # 11
I feel your pain, some days I will get out of bed and nose bleed central!
Definitely get a humidifier, or if you can’t find one you like/can afford, even doing a steam in the bathroom can help until you get one.
Nasal sprays can actually aggravate your sinuses more than you might think — it is kind of like an instant gratification thing, might feel good while you are doing it, but could cause the issues to carry on longer.
If you do get a nose bleed don’t tilt your head backward, just pinch the birdge of your nose (like applying pressure to any “wound”) use a wad of kleenex, toilet paper, hanky whatever, and wait for it to stop on its own–try to avoid bumping, blowing or rubbing your nose if at all possible (nose bleeds happen because of burst capilliaries, the ones in your nose are delicate as heck to begin with even more so when they are dried out from low winter humidity & healing from nose bleeds/bursting).
Post # 12
@missmouse29: I was actually thinking that, too. That my neti pot actually causes nose bleeds sometimes. I know I read that a few years ago when I bought it. I still use it a LOT due to allergies, though. But you are right in that nasal sprays and neti pots can bring on a nosebleed.
Post # 13
Humidifyer – we have one in the living room and the bedroom that run most of the winter. Costo has one on sale right now that humidifies 2100 sq ft. I think it’s like $180 but would totally be worth it if you’re having problems.
Post # 14
Yes a humidifier will help! I don’t think it’s really something you need to see a doc about since it’s pretty typical of dryer climates, I’d imagine that eventually your body would adjust.
I used to get them when I was younger – so to stop the bleeding quicker pinch the bridge of your nose and tip your head between your knees (all while holding a tissue to your nose).
Post # 15
i live up near the canadian border and we get the terrible dry, winter air, too. sleeping with a humidifier as the other ladies said is a great tip. I also carry a small bottle of saline nasal spray in my purse. it helps keep your sinuses moisturized and will prevent nose bleeds. It’s cheap & easy to find at the drug store.