Peak summer is here and in various parts of the country, dry heat and heat wave conditions prevail. The common ENT problem during this season is the nosebleed. Extreme weather condition produces dryness of the nasal mucosa. Even with minimal direct trauma to the nose like nose picking, tiny blood vessels inside the nose can open and cause bleeding from the nose. The good news is that most of the bleeding comes from the front of the nose and it stops by itself or by direct pressure.

The person having a nosebleed should stay calm, sit up, pinch both the nostrils and breathe through the mouth. Saline nasal drops and gel can prevent crust formation. A sharp bend in the nose can predispose to bleeding. If there is persistent or severe bleeding, consultation with an ENT surgeon is recommended.