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What are the possible reasons for a healthy individual to suffer from a nosebleed?

Age: 16 - 29
Ear, Nose & Throat
DOCTOR’S ANSWER (1)

There are many reasons for a nose bleed...otherwise known as epistaxis.

These are some of the reasons for epistaxis:

  • Trauma- this could be physical trauma (such as nose-picking or injury to the nose),
  • Environmental trauma(eg. in very dry climates)
  • High blood pressure
  • Congestion of the nose from allergy, infection(eg. sinusitis), non-allergic rhinitis, etc
  • Use of blood-thinning medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Tumours, cancers of the nose(not that commonly seen but this needs to be excluded especially in our asian population where nose cancer is more prevalent)
  • Inherited bleeding disorders

Please do see an ENT doctor for a nasal examination and a nasoendoscopy if you have epistaxis.


Dr Adrian Saurajen
MBBS (U of Sydney, Australia), FRCS (ENT) (RCS, Edinburgh, United Kingdom), FRCS (RCPS, Glasgow, United Kingdom), FAMS (Academy of Medicine, Singapore), M Med (Sleep Medicine) (U of Sydney, Australia)

Nobel Ent Centre

6 Napier Road #10-04,

Gleneagles Medical Centre,

Singapore 258499


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