If you get a nosebleed, even if you get them fairly frequently, the likelihood that it is something to be concerned over is slim. Many different factors can result in a nosebleed, and hardly any of them are serious. About three out of every five adults will experience a nosebleed, but fewer than one in 10 will need medical help for the underlying condition.

The only serious conditions that can cause a nosebleed are high blood pressure, a tumor or a bleeding disorder. Barring those rare conditions, what may be causing your nosebleeds? The most common cause of nosebleeds is pretty embarrassing. Nose picking tops the list. The blood vessels in your nose run through the septum and are easy to damage. One wrong pick, and you can spring a leak for sure.

Extremely dry air is another condition that can cause a nosebleed. That’s why some only have the problem in the winter, or in the summer when they spend a lot of time indoors with the AC at full blast. Some sinus and allergy medications dry up more than just mucus and can result in the inside of the nostrils drying out. This creates the perfect conditions for a nosebleed. A sinus infection may also be the culprit, especially if it has you blowing your nose frequently and with a lot of force. That’s all it may take to disrupt the sensitive nasal blood vessels. Seasonal allergies may also be responsible for the same reasons.

Of course, another more serious problem would be illicit drug use. Snorting cocaine can definitely cause a nosebleed. If this is the cause, then your nosebleeds are not the primary problem. Get help to break free from the addiction, and you won’t have to worry about the nosebleeds anymore.

If nosebleeds are frequent, it may be time to get things checked out just to rule out more serious conditions.