“Some pain you can distance yourself from, but a headache sits right where you live.”
They’re hard to escape, can be more frequent than you’d like, and often come on when you least expect it. Headaches can be a real pain on their own, but pair them with a nosebleed, and you may find yourself wondering and worrying about the combination.
Here’s what you need to know about headaches and nosebleeds that hit together.
Headaches, whether from dehydration, stress, allergies, or something else, aren’t uncommon. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve dealt with at least one or two if not hundreds. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 50% of adults have a current headache disorder (symptoms at least once during the last year).
The same could be said of nosebleeds. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 60% of people have experienced a nosebleed during their life. This may be the result of an injury to the nose, an allergic reaction, a medical condition, or even the old standard of picking. In any case, the delicate blood vessels of the nose become damaged, causing the nosebleed.
While most people only experience one at a time, occasionally a headache and nosebleed happen at the same time and may require a little more digging as to the cause and even, in some cases, medical care. Here are common reasons you may be experiencing a headache and nosebleed:
In most cases, nosebleeds and headaches are harmless and easily controlled with gentle pressure, tissue, and possibly a pain reliever. In some cases, they may require medical attention. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as fainting, nausea, dizziness, fever, trouble moving, bleeding that won’t stop or similar along with your headache and nosebleed, contact your ENT or physician immediately to determine the cause.