Why Does My Nose Bleed When I Cry?

A nosebleed, also called epistaxis, is when bleeding occurs from the blood vessels in the lining of the nose. Nosebleeds are common, especially in children, and usually not a cause for concern. However, in some cases, nosebleeds can be a sign of a more serious condition. 

There are two types of nosebleeds: anterior and posterior. Anterior nosebleeds make up the vast majority of nosebleeds and usually occur when the blood vessels in the front of the nose are ruptured. Posterior nosebleeds are much less common and tend to be more serious, as they originate from higher up in the nose near the base of the brain.

Nosebleeds can have a number of different causes, but the most common is trauma to the nose, such as from picking or blowing your nose too hard. Other causes include dryness, allergies, foreign objects in the nose, and high blood pressure. In rare cases, nosebleeds can be a sign of a more serious condition, such as cancer or a blood clotting disorder.

What are the causes of nosebleeds when crying?

There are a few different possibilities. One is that the blood vessels in your nose are more fragile and prone to breaking when you cry. This could be due to an underlying condition such as a blood clotting disorder or high blood pressure. Another possibility is that crying irritates the lining of your nose, causing it to become dry and cracked. This can lead to bleeding.

If you have persistent or recurrent nosebleeds, it’s important to see your doctor to rule out any underlying health conditions. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help prevent nosebleeds when crying:

  • Use a humidifier in your home to keep the air moist and help prevent your nose from becoming dry and cracked.
  • Try not to cry too hard or for too long. If you can’t help it, blow your nose gently after crying to remove any irritants.
  • Avoid picking your nose.
  • Keep your nails short to avoid accidentally scratching the inside of your nose.

What should you do if you experience a nosebleed while crying?

If you have a nosebleed while crying, sit up and lean forward so that the blood doesn’t drain down your throat. Pinch your nostrils shut and breathe through your mouth. Apply pressure to your nose for 5-10 minutes using a tissue or clean cloth. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see your doctor.

How common are nosebleeds when crying, and is there anything that can be done to make them less frequent?

Nosebleeds when crying are relatively rare. If you have them frequently, there may be an underlying health condition that is causing them. See your doctor to rule out any potential causes. In the meantime, you can try using a humidifier to keep the air moist and prevent your nose from becoming dry and cracked. You should also avoid picking your nose and blowing it too hard. Keep your nails short to avoid accidentally scratching the inside of your nose. If you have persistent or recurrent nosebleeds, treatment may be necessary.