Elderly Care in Paradise Valley AZ
As the fall and winter weather settle in and you start cranking up the heat in the home, your aging loved ones might start experiencing nosebleeds. These unpleasant instances can happen suddenly, which can be frightening for a senior who wakes up with a bloody pillow or sneezes and realizes that his nose is bleeding. Fortunately, most nosebleeds are not serious and can be managed with just a few home remedies.
Nosebleeds usually occur because the delicate tissues inside the nose dry out or a person itches the inside of the nose and causes a minor injury that begins bleeding. People with infections, high blood pressure, and some other medical conditions are more prone to experiencing nosebleeds, and may experience more severe bleeding. Though they can be an indication of a more serious medical condition at play, most are very minor and easy to manage right at home.
Use these tips, and share them with your parents’ elderly health care services provider, to help your parents’ manage nosebleeds if they occur:
• Do not take aspirin. If your parent is dealing with a nosebleed, do not give him aspirin until the bleeding stops completely. Aspirin thins the blood, which can worsen bleeding. If your parent is on a doctor-prescribed aspirin regimen, get in touch with his doctor before giving him his aspirin if he has recently had a nosebleed.
• Pinch the nose. Have your parents pinch the soft part of their noses, closing the nostrils, and apply pressure as if pushing the nose into the face. They should feel pressure on the bones of their face. They will have to breathe through their mouth at this point so if they have cognitive limitations, you may need to coach them through proper breathing.
• Lean forward. Popular wisdom is to lean back when you have a nosebleed, but this can cause you to aspirate the blood or for it to back into the sinuses and cause an infection. Instead, lean slightly forward and tilt the head down. It may help to sit and lean slightly rather than trying to balance standing up.
• Stay calm. Keep the head above the level of the heart to prevent more aggressive breathing and encourage them to stay as calm as possible. Getting agitated or upset can increase the heartrate, making the blood flow faster, so have them sit calmly and relax for several minutes.
• Ice it. Apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the nose and cheeks to close the blood vessels and prevent further bleeding.
• Prevent further nosebleeds. Help reduce the chances of experiencing another nosebleed by encouraging your parents to keep their mouths open when they sneeze for a few days after the nosebleed, not drinking any hot beverages within 24 hours after the incident, and not straining in any way.
Get in touch with your parents’ doctor if the bleeding does not stop within a few minutes, there seems to be a tremendous amount of blood, or they begin to feel weak during a nosebleed.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Paradise Valley, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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