• Are folk undergoing chemo more susceptible to nosebleeds?

    Asked by BuckeyeShelby on Monday, November 19, 2012

    Are folk undergoing chemo more susceptible to nosebleeds?

    I tend to get nosebleeds in the colder weather, due to how dry it is both inside and outside. However, I've just had nosebleed # 2 of the day. 2nd one lasted almost 15 minutes. First lasted awhile, but not that long. Normally, I have no problems getting them to stop, for a normal winter dry thing. This happened once before, lasting 20 minutes. When I contacted my oncologist's office, no one seemed over concerned. So... is this a chemo thing? Has this happened to anyone else?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      This is just a theory but if you're already susceptible to nosebleeds and you have a low red blood cell count, might explain why they're happening a bit more frequent and a little harder to stop. Being that the blood won't clot as easily. It's probably ok but it might not hurt to mention it to your Dr. Just in case there is something he wants you to do. Hope it gets better Shelby.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      Oh My! I got nosebleeds all the time during chemo and I live in a humid climate so my nose wasn't really dry. I was warned it would be a side effect but it was really bad sometimes.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Well, in my case the nosebleeds came first. :-) Uncontrolled and unexplained nosebleeds are a symptom of WM.

      As you note, nosebleeds are more common when the air is dry. That was the only suggestion my nose doc made. Turns out he was wrong (he was also wrong about my tolerance for arrogance). If your chemo is messing up your blood viscosity you might have this problem (too high is as bad as too low). Maybe you should discuss this with your doc.

      almost 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Yes, they can be. My dad had nosebleeds from low blood platelets during his last chemotherapy. How is your blood platelet count?

      almost 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Thanks Firebird. My platelet count on 11/8 was good. I did hear back from my nurse case mgr. She said as long as the bleeding is controlled, I should be good. And she gets copies of all of my labs. She suggested it's likely due to the dry conditions indoors now that we are in furnace season and I might want to consider getting a humidifier. Since humidifiers and cats don't get along that well, I may need to get some nasal saline to help out with the dryness. I appreciate everyone chiming in!

      almost 4 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      Yes. I had them after my second, third, and fourth rounds. Talk to your oncologist. Mine suggested putting Vaseline inside my nose at night. Seemed to help some.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      The short answer is yes. I was warned that this might happen before I started my infusion therapy. Also if you loss hair, you loss it every where including those small little ones in your nose, that help keep it from drying out. My bleeding/dry issues have gotten worse now that the weather as turned cold. I put a dab of Petroleum Jelly on a Q-tip and swish it around the nostril when I wake up and before I go to bed - this have help a lot.

      almost 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Oooo, SueRae, I hadn't considered the aspect of the "bald nose". That actually makes a lot of sense. Since I was susceptible in past "healthy" winters, no nose hair could very well make it worse.

      almost 4 years ago

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