Nosebleeds are generally not serious and can be handled easily though they can be messy. In most nosebleeds, the bleeding is coming from a blood vessel at the very front part of the nose, making them easier to control and stop. These are anterior nosebleeds.
Bleeding that comes from an artery in the back part of the nose is much less common. Elderly people are more likely to get these posterior nosebleeds, which are more complicated to control and stop than an anterior nosebleed.
Chronic nosebleeds, especially posterior nosebleeds, should be evaluated by an ENT physician or otolaryngologist. If you or someone you care for is having problems with nosebleeds, please contact our North Sioux City office at (605) 217-4327 to schedule an appointment.