Recurrent nosebleeds

Treatment for recurrent nosebleeds includes cauterising (sealing by chemical or heat application) the area that bleeds or in extreme cases, ligation (tying off) of the blood vessels that cause the bleed.

Common questions

What is treatment for recurrent nosebleeds?

Treatment for recurrent nosebleeds includes cauterising (sealing by chemical or heat application) the area that bleeds or in extreme cases, ligation (tying off) of the blood vessels that cause the bleed.

Why would I have treatment for recurrent nosebleeds?

If you suffer from nosebleeds (epistaxis), when bleeding is more severe or recurrent, especially in older people or those with other medical conditions (such as blood disorders) or on blood-thinning medication, treatment may be required.

What happens during treatment for recurrent nosebleeds?

Depending on the cause of your recurrent nosebleeds, your specialist will use different techniques for treatment. The main treatment for frequent nosebleeds is cautery . This can usually be carried out under a local anaesthetic which numbs the area so you won’t feel any pain. During cautery, the specialist will seal the blood vessel using a chemical stick or electro-cauterising (burning) it, using an electric current running through a wire.

What should I expect after surgery?

You’ll usually be able to go home on the same day as your operation. Before you go home we’ll check that there is no bleeding from your nose and we’ll discuss follow-up visits and any medication with you before you leave hospital.

Contact Benenden Hospital

It’s easy to make an appointment; you can ask your GP or give us a call on 01580 230661.