Do you suffer with nasal allergies and experience recurring nosebleeds? Your nosebleeds may be caused directly by the nasal allergies or indirectly as a result of the medications used to treat them.
If you suffer from nasal allergies, you're not alone! One out of five people in the US suffer from allergies
(60 million) and 58% (35 million) of allergy sufferers suffer with nasal allergies (also called allergic rhinitis).
Nasal allergies can be seasonal or year round (perennial). Seasonal allergies typically peak twice a year, initially in the spring and again in the late summer / early fall. Seasonal nasal allergies are caused by windblown pollen produced by plants. Perennial allergies are typically caused by house-dust mites, mold and animals. Various irritants such as cigarette smoke, perfume, aerosol sprays, smoke from wood stoves or fireplaces, car exhaust and strong odors can make nasal allergy symptoms worse.
As nasal allergy sufferers come in contact with these various allergens, the body reacts by releasing antibodies. The antibodies combat the allergens causing them to bind to the antibodies. As this process occurs, the cells release chemicals called histamines, which irritate the surrounding nasal tissues, causing allergy symptoms.
Nosebleeds are a symptom related to nasal allergies caused by one or more of the following:
1. Nasal inflammation caused by the allergies irritating the nasal cavities
2. The side effects of certain allergy medications, particularly the steroid nasal sprays*
3. The excessive nasal dryness caused by too frequent use of nasal decongestants
4. Frequent hard blowing of the nose causing nasal trauma
The first three above compromise the delicate lining of the nose (nasal mucous membrane). This nasal lining contains numerous blood vessels, which lie close to the surface and are easily injured. Once the mucosa is compromised, a person can experience recurring nosebleeds. Frequent hard blowing of the nose to relieve congestion can also cause nosebleeds, particularly when the mucosa is already compromised.
*Some of the nasal sprays reporting nosebleeds as a side effect include: Veramyst, Flonase, Nasonex, Omnaris, Astepro, Nasalide, Decadron, Beconase, Vancenase and Rhinocort Aqua.
These steps are recommended to reduce the frequency of nosebleeds related to nasal allergies:
1. Use an ongoing course of medications to treat your allergies.
2. Discuss with your doctor or pharmacist the continued use of certain medications that may be causing
nosebleeds. Often switching to a different medication can eliminate and/or substantially reduce the
frequency of your nosebleeds.
3. Don’t overuse medicated nasal sprays or decongestants, as they can dry out and further irritate the
4. Try to avoid contact with responsible allergens
5. Void household, office and car of known allergens
6. Use saline sprays, Vaseline and other moisturizing agents to keep the nasal cavity moist
7. Avoid excessively hard nose blowing
When nosebleeds occur use of NasalCEASE®, the quick and convenient treatment will greatly relieve the negative impact on your lifestyle that recurring nosebleeds do cause!