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Mon Dec 28, 2015, 11:23 AM

 

Anyone get over night bloody noses in dry climates?

Every time I go to Denver I wake up with a nose full of blood either in the middle of the night or in the morning. It also happens on the rare occasion the air is really dry where I live. Does anyone else have this problem? What can I do to fix it?

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Reply Anyone get over night bloody noses in dry climates? (Original post)
GummyBearz Dec 2015 OP
Butterbean Dec 2015 #1
FSogol Dec 2015 #2
irisblue Dec 2015 #3
Mariana Dec 2015 #4
Orrex Dec 2015 #5
Retrograde Dec 2015 #21
SheilaT Dec 2015 #6
truedelphi Dec 2015 #27
MohRokTah Dec 2015 #7
TreasonousBastard Dec 2015 #8
Gormy Cuss Dec 2015 #9
Fuddnik Dec 2015 #10
GummyBearz Dec 2015 #18
dembotoz Dec 2015 #11
kimbutgar Dec 2015 #12
jwirr Dec 2015 #13
JCMach1 Dec 2015 #14
Hekate Dec 2015 #15
LeftyMom Dec 2015 #20
Hekate Dec 2015 #24
Arugula Latte Dec 2015 #16
MrScorpio Dec 2015 #17
DavidDvorkin Dec 2015 #19
Blue_In_AK Dec 2015 #22
Bigmack Dec 2015 #23
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2015 #25
VOX Dec 2015 #26
Warpy Dec 2015 #28
Lilyhoney Dec 2015 #29
Lydia Leftcoast Dec 2015 #35
beaglelover Dec 2015 #30
LWolf Dec 2015 #31
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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 11:30 AM

1. I do and the solution is saline nasal spray. Cheap and easy. n/t

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 11:31 AM

2. Get one of those humdifiers (like they use for children) for your nightstand. n/t

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 11:32 AM

3. as Butterbean said, also a dampened towel on a chair by the bed in a hotel.

saline spray is pretty cheap.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 11:33 AM

4. Happens to me in the winter.

My house has forced air heat and the humidity level gets very low. I run a vaporizer in the bedroom at night, and when it's really cold outside, I run it in the living room during the day as well. This kind of thing:

http://www.amazon.com/Vicks-Nursery-Gallon-Vaporizer-Night-Light/dp/B00099YJH2/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1451316602&sr=1-1&keywords=vaporizer

Your local pharmacy probably has something like this, or can get one for you.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 11:34 AM

5. I sleep with my head submerged in a bucket of ice water. Works a treat!

Ugh. I had nosebleed issues years ago due, apparently, to over-exertion during extreme heat, but they cautioned me about the perils of dry air whistling in and out of my skull-holes all night.

I can't do the saline spray, but the humidifier has seemed to help my son. Good luck!

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Response to Orrex (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 04:00 PM

21. A damp washcloth over the face works just as well

when I forget my ice bucket. Also, I carry a key in my hand in case I need to touch a metal object, like a doorknob. I've gotten 4" sparks off them on occasion.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 11:47 AM

6. I think it's more the altitude than the dryness.

 

When I lived in Tucson, quite dry, altitude about 2500 feet, I did not get the bloody noses. I currently live in Santa Fe, altitude 7,000 feet, and often when I blow my nose it's a bit bloody. Whenever I go to lower altitude the bloody nose thing doesn't happen. But I don't get a full-on bloody nose.

I think there may be something about the altitude and dryness that's at work.

Over time, it lessens a great deal. When I first moved here it was a constant, on-going thing, now not so much. I've been here for a bit over seven years.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 06:05 PM

27. I thought that too. n/t

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 11:50 AM

7. When traveling in the winter, I bring one of these

 

http://www.amazon.com/Bell-Howell-Ultrasonic-Personal-Humidifier-Cool/dp/B0074KC5CA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1451317721&sr=8-4&keywords=portable+humidifier+for+travel

It's easy enough to pick up a bottle of water in your destination city and you can refill from the sink in the hotel room bathroom.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 12:06 PM

8. Just had one the other day...

it's rare with me, but others I know have had nasal capillaries cauterized to deal with it.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 12:13 PM

9. In addition to the other recommendations, keep yourself hydrated.

Avoid coffee, tea, and alcohol but drink other liquids all day.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 12:14 PM

10. Happens every time I get in a bar fight in Denver.

Gotta remember to duck.

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Response to Fuddnik (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 03:00 PM

18. haha

 

Its only my knuckles that bleed after a bar fight in Denver :p

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 12:24 PM

11. stay away from trump rally

but in reality i have a condo with central heat which gets quite dry.

things i do

when i shower i do not use the exhaust fan....keep the steam and heat in the place..why vent it.

boil more stuff....pasta, mac and cheese, soups etc.

hang more stuff to dry

shampoo the carpets...amazing how fast they dry and it has to be done sometime anyway...

list goes on and on

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 01:46 PM

12. Yes, I am dealing with them now in Arizona visiting my mother in law

I look forward to going back to my city by the bay San Francusco and having my nose go back to normal.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 01:48 PM

13. That is a common problem. As soon as the heat is turned on

the house gets dry and so does your nose and your eyes. You need a humidifier.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 01:55 PM

14. You need a humidifier... hot, or cold air...

put it in your room at night

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 02:03 PM

15. Yes, every winter when we start running the heater. There's a couple of simple things...

One is saline nasal spray, as someone else mentioned.

Another is coating the inside of your nose with Aquaphor, an ointment with no antibiotics in it. (Don't stick antibiotics up your nose unless a doc tells you to.)

What I resorted to recently, when it felt sore and scabby, was something my mother used to use with us kids for occasional mouth sores and cold sores: Campho-phenique, applied with a Q-tip. (Actually, the last time I wanted some it was not on the shelves, so I got Longs drugstore "Instant Pain Relief Antiseptic First Aid Liquid" which has the same ingredients.) As the name indicates, it has camphor and phenol, so if you can't stand the smell of something like VapoRub you probably won't want it up your nose.

Hope this helps.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #15)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 03:55 PM

20. That stuff works for lice too.

My kid sister got them repeatedly as a kid and the OTC lice treatments didn't work. Slather the hair in CamphoPhenique and toss on a showercap? That works.

I'm pretty sure the lice kill themselves to escape the smell, but it works.

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Response to LeftyMom (Reply #20)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 05:44 PM

24. WOW. I'll have to share that with my daughter -- she's the one with kids now.

She was so sure olive oil would do it -- honestly, she's only 40 years old, you'd think she'd listen to her mother, wouldn't you? But anyway, that's what the Organic Mommies in her circle swear by. They also told her she only had to bag the pillows and blankets for 2 weeks instead of a month.

The 11 year old has really thick long hair, and after awhile she had to admit this was not working, and discovered, as she was combing away, that he had hundreds and hundreds of lice. Ew. So she set to work with one of the more powerful over the counter cures and killed them dead.

After the first go-round with my daughter and her brother, when I almost went blind searching for nits, I resorted to treating the kids as soon as I got a note from the school that someone in their classroom had lice. Bagged all the stuff that couldn't be washed. Did this repeatedly until they left grade school and outgrew the habits that make grade-schoolers so susceptible to sharing bugs.

I wonder, though, if Vick's Vapo-Rub would work as well as Campho-Phenique? It doesn't have phenol, but it does have camphor.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 02:22 PM

16. I was just going to post: "When I'm in Denver."

 

That Colorado climate & altitude is something else. Makes me feel like a piece of dried out leather.

I guess it's good I live almost at sea level in the Northwest where we have non-stop moisture most of the year.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 02:26 PM

17. Happened to me when I was in Texas for basic training

That was the first time it happened in my entire life.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 03:48 PM

19. I live in Denver, and I have that problem every winter

It's not as bad now that we have a humidifier in the bedroom, but it still happens.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 04:50 PM

22. I used to get nosebleeds a lot when I lived in Colorado.

Up here it's mostly in the winter when the heat is on. It doesn't happen real often but every once in a while.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 05:09 PM

23. Yeh, I have the same problem in the deserts of So Ca, and I

 

use a product called organic Nasya oil. You put a drop or two in your nose, daily....NO MORE nosebleeds! Ms Bigmack

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 05:46 PM

25. Yeah

 

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 05:55 PM

26. YES. Had to have a vessel cauterized...

Got tired of waking up with abattoir-decor bedsheets. Cautery was no worse than minor dental work, and it ended the problem for good.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 06:10 PM

28. It took me almost 3 years to acclimate to the dry, thin stuff we call air in New Mexico

You might try a little Vaseline at night so you don't wake up with a polka dotted pillow, but the cure is just waiting them out.

Also get your blood pressure checked, frequent nosebleed can be a sign of new onset hypertension.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 06:41 PM

29. A little dab of coconut oil in the nostril will help,

or in a pinch use a dab of blistex medicated ointment during the day and at bed time.

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Response to Lilyhoney (Reply #29)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 08:21 PM

35. My sister-in-law suggested sesame oil, but any oil will do

It seals in the moisture and prevents both nosebleeds and sinus headaches.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 06:44 PM

30. Yes. It is why we sleep with a humidifier in the bedroom during the winter months here in L.A.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 06:53 PM

31. Very rarely.

I live in a climate much drier than Denver. I will get very dry, itchy skin and an occasional nose bleed if I don't keep a tub of water on the wood stove in the winter.

Visiting east of the Rockies into humid regions, though, leaves me gasping for breath, too hot, and unable to walk very far.

I wonder if, visiting Denver, it might be altitude as well as dry air?

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 06:56 PM

32. Sometimes

Taking gelatin can help make your mucus membranes stronger. And the saline spray and humidifier will help.
You might try vasoline on a cotton swab up there too.

Used to happen to me,as a kid once in a while. Pillowcase wrecking pronlem.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 07:12 PM

33. Yup - both daughters and 2 of the grands do as well!

We keep humidifier companies in business and in a pinch keep a kettle of water simmering on the stove!

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 07:48 PM

34. You can make your own normal saline nose drops.

Cheap and easy -

1 cup of tap water
1/4 teaspoon of table salt

That's it.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 08:50 PM

36. Woah! Some of you guys have a real problem here.

 

Waking up with blood, even just drops, on the pillowcases? I can't begin to imagine. Makes me realize a bit of slightly bloody snot is nothing at all.

On the other hand, now that I've lived at 7,000 feet for nearly eight years, I find the air at sea level feels oppressive. Probably my imagination.

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