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@duvie

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Oxygen Use and Nose Bleeds

Posted by @duvie, Sat, Mar 10 3:35am

Hello Everyone,
Lilbit while being oxygen dependent and using a bipap as well as having congestive heart failure commonly has nose bleeds which can be very scary when on blood thinners. We went to the ENT several weeks ago. He said that the oxygen dries out the nasal septum which is the center part of the skin separating the nostrils. He also said that the plastic prongs were rubbing against the septum irritating it and making it raw.
Since he knows I really get involved in researching medical issues, he called me over to look up her nose to see the actual raw spots.
They looked much like a skinned knee from falling onto concrete. It was very raw.

Remedy was to snip about half the length of the prongs off the oxygen cannula, which the ENT did to show me how much in case I had to do the same to new cannulas.
For the nose bleeds, he said to purchase a bottle of Afrin nasal spray. DO NOT SPRAY in nose but to place some Afrin onto a cotton ball then place in nostril for 10 to 15 mins. He said, the medication in Afrin causes the tiny blood vessels to constrict thus stopping the bleeding.
He also said, that if the blood pressure is 160 or the bottom number was 90 then the blood pressure would cause the blood to be pushed around the cotton ball. If that happens and the bleeding continues, then go to the ER.
How many others have heard of doing these things? Has anyone tried or had success at stopping nose bleeds? So far, the Afrin placed on a cotton ball and placed in her nostril for 10 ton 15 mins has worked. Sometimes we have done it twice but had success.

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I'd like to add that if someone doesn't have any cotton balls or Afrin, the way nurses are taught now is to sit up, lean head forward, and press on the side of the upper part of the nostril for 10 to fifteen mins. Try not to swallow any blood that backs up in the nostril which could cause nausea and vomiting.
How do YOU stop a nose bleed?

Not a religious person, but my mom was and she used to read a scripture verse to us as kids, every time we had one and it worked every time. I guess the bible does work. Ezekiel 16:6.

@scarlet3508

Not a religious person, but my mom was and she used to read a scripture verse to us as kids, every time we had one and it worked every time. I guess the bible does work. Ezekiel 16:6.

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Hello @scarlet3508, Welcome to Connect. I see joined earlier in the month and this was your first comment. It's good that have begun to get involved in discussions. I was beginning to think maybe we were the only ones with nose bleeds.

You even got me to read some of the scriptures. There are those who seem to have witnessed some remarkable things that happened thru their spiritual beliefs.

Did your mom have you hold a rag or something against the nose while she would read from the bible?

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