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Pretty severe nosebleeds

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 24, 2010
  • 01:47 AM

My 16 year old son has had fairly frequent nosebleeds for a few years. This year, it has gotten dramatically worse. Nearly every day and a lot of blood. We have taken him to an ENT to have it cauterized. That was painful and uncomfortable for him. It did not last 3 days and then he had a severe nosebleed that we could not stop and wound up in the emergecy room. He has had blood tests all of which were normal. His GP does not think it is anything more serious than dry nasal membranes. I am not convinced since we have a whole house humidifier as well as one for his bedroom while he sleeps. He has been using nasal saline spray at least twice a day for a couple of weeks, but he is still having nearly daily nosebleeds. I have looked everywhere on line and there does not seem to be many treatment options beyond what we have been doing other than cauterizing (which did not work) and packing. I understand packing is pretty painful and I am wondering if there are any long term benefits to it. I seems to me to be a short term fix. Is there anything that we can do for him to eliminate this problem? These nosebleeds have occurred at school a couple of times and because he is 16, he is horribly embarrassed. He is pretty frustrated and I have to say so am I! Any suggestions would be most welcome!

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