Health Tip: What's Behind Frequent Nosebleeds?

(HealthDay News) -- Nosebleeds are common during childhood, especially during the preschool years. Though they can be scary, they usually aren't caused by a serious problem.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says common causes of nosebleeds include:

  • Allergies or a cold, which can lead to nasal swelling or irritation.

  • Trauma to the nose, from blowing too hard, picking or putting an object in the nose.

  • Exposure to a very dry environment or harsh fumes.

  • An abnormal anatomical structure of the nose.

  • An abnormal growth inside the nose.

  • A blood-clotting problem.

  • Taking medication that dries out the nasal passages.

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