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Nose bleeds

06/29/2009

Question:

my nine year old has a nosebleed about 3 times a week. they are worse when she is nervous or upset, is this a symptom of high blood pressure?

Answer:

Thank you very much for the question. Nosebleeds can certainly be anxiety provoking, particularly for the child.  Most often, nosebleeds result from trauma or an allergic / inflammatory process along the inner lining of the nose.  Some common causes include: allergic rhinitis, respiratory infections, and irritation of the inner lining by various gases or fumes.  Occasionally, some diseases can lead to nosebleeds, such, as bleeding disorders.  I would recommend that you have your daughter seen by her primary care physician. He/She can conduct a physical exam and then recommend the most appropriate treatment.

Thanks again for the question.

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Response by:

Stephen E Wilson, MD, MSc Stephen E Wilson, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati