Has this ever happened to you? You wake up after a peaceful night sleep to walk in your DD’s room to see her bed, face and pillow covered in blood. My DD is known for her spontaneous nightly nose bleeds. When the windows are shut for the winter and the furnace is turned on, her nosebleeds begin.
What is epistaxis? Epistaxis is the medical term for a nose bleed. The nasal cavity is rich in blood vessels that are close to the surface. When they are ruptured, they bleed. Due to the location of the nose on the face, nose bleeds can be very common. Some of the common reasons for a nose bleed include trauma, allergies, dried cracked membranes, hypertension and infection.
There are two types of nosebleeds. The ones that are a result of trauma or the ones that happen spontaneously. Nosebleeds that occur spontaneously usually result from dry, cracked nasal membranes. This is most common in dry climates or during the winter months. During winter months, the air in homes become recycled dry air. When we breath in through our nose, we are not provided with the moisture needed to keep our nasal passages lubricated. As a result, they dry and crack. This exposes the blood vessels on the surface of the nasal cavity causing them to bleed.
Steps to Take to Prevent a Winter Nosebleeds
- Blow your nose only when necessary. Blowing your nose is traumatic for your nasal cavity. When you have a cold or flu
- Reduce the temperature in your house between 60°F (16°C) to 64°F (18°C) in sleeping areas to prevent the nasal passage from drying out.
- Artificially moisten your nasal passage way. This can be done with petroleum jelly or nasal spray. This keeps to try moisture in the nasal cavity to prevent cracking.
- Avoid foods that contribute to nosebleeds. It is thought that consuming spicy food or hot beverages after being out in the cold can cause a neurodegenerative response (a stress response) that can cause the nose to bleed. Other foods such as milk and wheat can cause an allergic reaction that will also cause the nose to bleed.
- Low humidity is a common cause of nosebleeds so it is important to Humidify your home, especially the bedrooms.
Don’t Humidify, Rumidify!
This winter, I was determined to find a solution to reduce DD’s nightly nose bleeds. Its not that her nightly nosebleeds hurt her or cause her severe problems, but it is annoying for Mommy to have to scrub blood from sheets everyday. I have tried other humidifiers in her bedroom in the past, but we haven’t been very diligent. We forget to turn it on nightly, she complains about the nose it makes when running, or doesn’t like ‘smoky’ atmosphere. I was excited when a friend introduced me to Rumidifier, the eco-friendly, non electrical humidifier.
The Rumidifier is ‘powered’ by your furnace heating system. You simply place the Rumidifier on your heating vent and when your furnace pushes heated air through your vent it is mixed with water and filtered by the Rumidifier.
Since the Rumidifier uses evaporated water, it blows out invisible, moisture-laden air. Unwanted particles are trapped in the organic filter that can be washed out and reused. No noise, no ‘smoke’ and no remembering to turn it on, makes this the idea product to help fight winter nose bleeds.
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