Causes Of Nose Bleeding During The Flu?
I want to ask this, I have had a cold for 5 days and haven’t been cured. then right after the prostration the head hurts. and when the snot blew out a lot of blood as black as a fist
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Basically the blood can change color to black when it's been out of the blood vessels for a long time and experience oxidation. Mucus that comes out mixed with blood can be caused by rupture of blood vessels in the nose (nosebleeds). When you have an upper respiratory tract infection, your nose gets inflamed so that the blood vessels in it become wider. This makes these blood vessels more fragile and more prone to rupture, especially when you blow your nose too hard. Some other things that can cause nosebleeds include:
trauma or impact to the nose
dry nose (for example due to the weather being too cold and dry)
foreign body in the nose
malformations of blood vessels in the nose
tumors in the nasal region or behind the nose (nasopharynx)
Basically if the bleeding stops on its own and doesn't come out again, there's nothing you need to do. If the bleeding continues, you can try to press the base of your nose with your fingers while compressing with ice cubes at the base of your nose until the bleeding stops. Furthermore, avoid blushing the nose too hard so that no more nasal bleeding occurs. If the bleeding continues, immediately go to the hospital to get further treatment.
Regarding the respiratory tract infection that you are experiencing, if indeed the cold has lasted for up to 5 days and does not show improvement in symptoms, you should check with your doctor for further evaluation. The doctor will give consideration about whether antibiotics are needed to treat your runny nose (if you really suspect a cold is caused by a bacterial infection).
To help speed up your recovery, here are some things you can do:
sleep and rest more
drink more water
eat nutritious food regularly
take a shower with warm water and breathe in the steam from your bath water
use an air humidifier in your bedroom or office
Rinse the nose with saline
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