Supplemental Oxygen and Nose Bleeds: What do you do?
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.