Frequency Of Nosebleeds

What Causes Frequent Nosebleeds?

Frequent nosebleeds can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnose your symptoms now!
  • understand what's happening to your body
  • let The Analyst™ find what's wrong
  • see your health summarized and in detail

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose frequent nosebleeds, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "frequent nosebleeds" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Hypertension
  • Alcohol Consequences
  • Lupus (SLE)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Vasomotor Rhinitis
  • Indoor Allergies
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Hay Fever

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
hypertension in parents
severe alcoholism
frequent unexplained fevers
indoor allergies
mouth sores
coffee consumption
itchy eyes
regular sun rash on cheeks
an enlarged nose
minor inflamed cuticles
dry nose
occasional confusion/disorientation
... and more than 70 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of frequent nosebleeds:
Cause Probability Status
Vasomotor Rhinitis 90% Confirm
Nasal Polyps 15% Unlikely
Hay Fever 15% Unlikely
Indoor Allergies 4% Ruled out
Sarcoidosis 4% Ruled out
Lupus (SLE) 4% Ruled out
Hypertension 0% Ruled out
Alcohol Consequences 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Nose/Smell Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about frequency of nosebleeds:
Roughly how often do you get nosebleeds?
Possible responses:
→ Never / rarely / don't know
→ Once or twice per year
→ 3-6 times per year
→ More than 6 times per year
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate occasional nosebleeds, regular nosebleeds or frequent nosebleeds, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

It is a common misconception that nosebleeds are often caused by high blood pressure.  Though a high intracapillary pressure may slightly increase risk, it is not a significant cause.

Sinusitis

Either acute or chronic sinusitis can cause nosebleeds in some individuals.

Concerned or curious about your health?  Try The Analyst™
Symptom Entry
Symptom Entry
Diagnosis
Diagnosis
Suggestions
Suggestions
LifeMeter
LifeMeter®
Full Explanations
Explanations
Optional Doctor Review
Review (optional)