Bless you (Picture: PeopleImages/Getty Images/E+)Today is supposed to be hell for the 18 million Brits who suffer with hay fever as the pollen count is due to soar.
The Met Office has warned that grass pollen will reach its highest levels across most parts of the country, with the weed pollen count also expected to be high.
This warning will stay in place until the weekend.
As many of us brace for an uncomfortable few days, here’s what you need to know about whether or not hay fever can be bad enough to give you a nosebleed.
Can hayfever cause nosebleeds?
According to Better Health Channel, yes, nosebleeds can be caused by hay fever.
As HowStuffWorks puts it: ‘The most common type of nosebleed is an anterior nosebleed, caused by very small blood vessels in the front of the nose that are easily damaged.
‘When they break, they cause a nosebleed. This can happen when you blow your nose very often, or when the nasal membranes are dry and irritated.’
Yeesh (Picture: David Jones/PA)To stop a nosebleed, you should sit down, pinch your nostrils closed, and continue to apply preassure steadily until the bleeding stops, which should take roughly ten minutes.
Don’t blow your nose, and don’t tilt your head back like you see in the movies.
According to the NHS, you should see a doctor if:
a child under 2 years old has a nosebleed
you have nosebleeds regularly
you have a condition that means your blood can’t clot properly, such as haemophilia
you have symptoms of anaemia – such as shortness of breath, a faster heartbeat (palpitations), and pale skin
you’re taking a blood-thinning medicine, such as warfarin
And you should go to A&E if:
your nosebleed lasts longer than 10-15 minutes
you’re swallowing a large amount of blood that makes you vomit
the bleeding started after a blow to your head
the bleeding seems excessive
you’re having difficulty breathing
you’re feeling weak or dizzy