Ok people, I’m putting out a call for random medical advice:
I am lately (the past 8 weeks or so) suffering from chronic nosebleeds.
I’ve been to the doctor, and he’s said that I have some capillaries in my nose that are sitting right on the edge of the skin, and when they’re wont to break, break they will, and my nose will spew red.
His advice: be very gentle with my nose.
Unfortunately, in my world, activities such as “walking at a moderate pace”, “sitting at the computer” or “turning off the shower” don’t contain any sort of rough (or even gentle) noseplay – and still, it continues to bleed at random (and usually inconvenient) intervals.
Apparently there is another option open to me: cauterizing the offending capillaries – so I’m wondering if anyone out there in the blogosphere has had this done? To me, it sounds pretty painful to stick burning things into one of my mucous membranes. How do they do it? Will they use a local anisthetic to freeze my nose (another ouch in itself)? Will they use liquid nitrogen, or a sauldering iron, or a blowtorch?
If it’s not too bad of a procedure, I may get it done, because I’m getting sick of having to tote a pack of kleenex and a small pot of vaseline (good for stopping bleeding before the clotting takes full effect) everywhere I go. And I really don’t want to have to revert to wearing tampons in my nose as a pre-emptive strike in an effort to save my light coloured clothing.