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Post by Francis_jones » Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:25 pm

I've been paddling for about 20 years now and never work a nose plug - absolutely hate them.

Recently have been experiencing some utterly random nosebleeds upto two weeks after a playboating session (anytime when I get cold water in my nose). Got much worse this weekend when it turned into what can only be described as an icecream headache in my face - no bleeding yet but tissues on standby...

Before I head off to the GP to get my nose cauterised I was wondering if anyone else has experienced something similar / got any other ideas?

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Post by Wadhamite » Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:39 pm

It's a problem for swimmers: http://www.livestrong.com/article/42667 ... -swimming/

Perhaps this is an excuse to go an a tropical playboating holiday to somewhere with warmer water? :D (I sympathise about ice cream head/faceache, only industrial levels of warm clothing, skull caps, nose plugs and avoiding *really* cold (<10C) water will prevent that for me - but I don't have to put up with the added insult of nosebleeds!)
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Post by Adrian Cooper » Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:18 pm

Be cautious of any ‘medical’ advice you get on here unless you know the poster to have some relevant knowledge (there are a few doctors and nurses but you need to know who they are).
I used to get nosebleeds frequently and it turned out to be a mild infection which was cured by some anti-biotic cream (Naseptin). No need to resort to the soldering iron treatment.

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Post by Jim Pullen » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:45 pm

Used to get them all the time as a kid and in my teens for no good reason. Soldering iron sorted them, but it took two attempts!
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Post by MikeVeal » Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:01 pm

Jim Pullen wrote:Used to get them all the time as a kid and in my teens for no good reason. Soldering iron sorted them, but it took two attempts!
One attempt per nostril?

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Post by Garry » Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:23 pm

Go to your doctor and ask their advice. Latest medical view appears to be that many nose bleeds caused by mild infection and can be fixed by topical cream as in Adrian's example above and also my son's recently. We have the NHS here in UK and in spite of funding issues/other problems they are likely to be more reliable than advice on a forum :-)

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Post by Adrian Cooper » Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:31 pm

Garry wrote: likely to be more reliable than advice on a forum :-)
You jest, surely?

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:01 pm

Nosebleeds can be caused by high blood pressure, if you're getting on a bit (I'm completely over the hill) then you need to see your GP as HBP can cause plenty of other problems.

I sometimes have nosebleeds 'cos I'm on a so-called "blood thinner" (they don't, they just reduce the likelihood of your blood clotting) - I take a prescribed 75mg of good, old fashioned aspirin every morning.

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Post by Simon » Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:48 pm

Hi Francis,

I am just thinking aloud here - having not looked up your nose I don't know what is going on but I can think of some possibilities.

Yes it may be infection related, or it may be inflammation caused by an inflammatory response to something in the water (or just the water itself).

The time delay (up to two weeks) and the "ice cream headache in the face" suggests possibly a sinus problem and not a problem in the nasal passages (and if you don't know the difference have a look on google images).

If it is sinus then it will need different treatment, not simple cautery which is used for nose bleeds. Perhaps nasal sprays can help, or surgery to dyno-rod the sinus openings.

If the problem continues get your GP to refer you to an ENT specialist at your local hospital. They can look up your nose with a fibre optic camera to see exactly what is going on.

Simon

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