Nose Injuries


Also known as a nose bleed, epistaxis is a common injury in sport.

Causes of epistaxis

Usually, nose bleeds are caused by trauma in sport, which usually involves a direct blow to the nose or a fall. Nosebleeds may also be caused by certain medications including aspirin or possibly abnormalities of the blood vessels and substance abuse.

Symptoms of epistaxis

Nose bleeds are instantly recognisable as blood will usually be visibly streaming from one or both nostrils. Other symptoms may also include dizziness, nausea and a feeling of weakness.

Treating epistaxis

Most nose bleeds can be stemmed by applying pressure to the nose; usually the bleeding will also slow if the head is tilted backwards. In some cases, the nose may be packed using strips of absorbent bandages.

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