In general, nosebleeds are not dangerous. They can be a little worrisome, especially if you’ve never had one before, but once you are used to them, they are more frightening to others around you than to your nose can put on quite a show sometimes. Nosebleeds most frequently occur in young children. Then grown ups over 50 seem to see a resurgence.

There are basically two kinds of nosebleeds. Nearly all of them are anterior, which is the easier type to stop. This involves blood coming from the nostrils. Posterior bleeds will run backwards down the throat and can be harder to deal with.

A lot of blood hangs out in the nasal region since it’s a warm and humid part of the body. For those who experience nosebleeds, the cause usually is not known, and they may seem to occur at very odd or random times. Of course, external factors can cause the bleeds as well. Nose picking is the most common, so listen to your mom and keep your fingers out of there. Or you may also have a nose bleed-causing allergy or an infection.

Generally, you can deal with a nosebleed without medical attention. Don’t blow your nose very hard for a while after the bleed stops. Avoid aspirin, which thins the blood.  Generally pinching the nose will stop it from continuing to bleed. You may need to hold it for several minutes until the bleeding completely subsides.

Occasionally, a bleed will continue for an extended amount of time. In those cases, medical attention may become necessary. If you have high blood pressure, don’t ignore a nosebleed as it may be a sign of a sharp rise in pressure.