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Nose Bleeds at Altitude?

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Is it just me ?
Nasty subject to talk about but ...
Blocked sinus's or sinii if that's the name for them with bloody bogies.

I seem to get this problem only on ski holidays.

Is it the altitude?
Or is it the very dry environment as the moisture is frozen out of the air?
Or is it just the excitement.
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My daughter gets terrible nose bleeds on ski trips.
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DrLawn, it is common.
Try Googling Nose Bleeds Altitude for lots of fun reading.
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Yes, I get this............

However I think 90% was down to taking Ibuprofen.

BUT I also get them on VERY hot days (but only a small amount) so it MIGHT be something down to high pressure as well
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I get slow nose bleeds during the night on ski trips if the mornings evidence is anything to go by! And did get them worse whilst taking Ibuprofen for a cracked rib in St. Anton, but never made the connection?
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I went to Sante Fe once in January; it is a desert and very cold and dry with temperatures of -20 and RH pretty close to zero. You could easily tell who was not a native by the little dribble of blood from their nose
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I get them. They don't bother me any more - much worse things that could happen. Perfect snottie conditions are very cold and dry e.g. Colorado (skiing) or very hot and dry e.g. Colorado (Mesa Verde) and of course altitude. I get them too in the Alps but not as much. I suspect this because it is a little more humid - however, dusty mountain refuges or overheated dried out chalets can, and indeed sometimes do, counteract this.
Once snottie conditions were so perfect in Colorado I produced a perfect nosecast and brought it home to Bilghty for my partner (saved buying a present Twisted Evil )
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I use Naseptin if I start getting them. It's prescription only in the UK but it works sonders.
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I have had nosebleeds on ski holidays for more than 40 years. Still alive and still skiing...
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I have had minor nosebleeds on almost every skiing holiday for 40 years now.

Possibly a little worse now as I am on a regime of blood thinners.

IMHO nothing to worry about as long as they are minor.
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It is a big problem. We have to throw away 4 to 5 pillows each season from our apartment. Thank goodness for IKEA
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DrLawn wrote:
Is it just me ?


Not just you....seems like a lot of people suffer. I worked with a brickie once who had the view that you should keep laying more courses until the wall was finished or you get a nose bleed.


I used to suffer from frequent nose bleeds. BIL is a vet and gave me some silver nitrate sticks. You just wet the end and shove it up your nose. Bleeding stops in seconds. Stings a bit to be honest. Toofy Grin
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http://fauquierent.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/how-does-silver-nitrate-cauterize.html
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It's very simple really. The air pressure lessens the higher you go. As your nose has some very small blood vessels very close to the surface, it is often the case that they will 'burst'. Perfectly normal. As you become more acclimatised the vessels adapt. Only way to avoid it, stay at or close to sea level. That doe's mean of course that skiing will be off the agenda!
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My daughter had chemical cauterisation for a nose bleed that just wouldn't stop whilst at altitude in Utah. The $500 invoice chased us for ages...
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emwmarine wrote:
It is a big problem. We have to throw away 4 to 5 pillows each season from our apartment. Thank goodness for IKEA


Wow. I don't recall the last time we had to throw away a pillow (or case) due blood - and we max out at 20 beds...
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A little Vaseline up each nostril every morning works wonders
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skilegs wrote:
A little Vaseline up each nostril every morning works wonders


Is that what the kids are calling it these days?
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my wife gets a lot of nose bleeds, especially if she tells me to stop drinking and come home Toofy Grin
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Thanks guys ...
So it looks like its pretty common.

Its not a big problem, just embarrassing getting blood on towels etc.
Or worse still when nasal mining.
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Old Man Of Lech wrote:
It's very simple really. The air pressure lessens the higher you go. As your nose has some very small blood vessels very close to the surface, it is often the case that they will 'burst'. Perfectly normal. As you become more acclimatised the vessels adapt. Only way to avoid it, stay at or close to sea level. That doe's mean of course that skiing will be off the agenda!


Staying near sea level needn't mean skiing is off the agenda....

http://www.skiresort.info/ski-resorts/england/sorted/altitude-difference/
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emwmarine wrote:
It is a big problem. We have to throw away 4 to 5 pillows each season from our apartment. Thank goodness for IKEA


Wow. I don't recall the last time we had to throw away a pillow (or case) due blood - and we max out at 20 beds...


Maybe it's due to sleeping at 2300?
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