What the bloody hell just happened with my nose? *TMI*

This morning I was just about to start drying my hair and get ready for work, when I feel like my nose is running a little. I grab a paper towel since I had just walked into the kitchen, blow, and there is just a huge amount of blood. As soon as I get the words, “What the fuck?” out of my mouth I feel more blood start running down my face. I’ve never had a nosebleed before, so I start freaking out. Even more so after I’ve soaked through five paper towels. After about five minutes it seems to be slowing dramatically so roll up some toilet paper and plug my nose so I can clean up what now looks to be a crime scene in my kitchen. After I’m done I go into the bathroom and try to pull out the tp. When I’m pulling it out it feels like it’s attached to something. After I slowly and carefully remove it there’s a bloody mucus/tissue like thing about 2 inches long attached to it? :confused: After I stick some more tp in my nose, I folded the blob into the tp it came with and just kinda poke it. In it’s blob shape its about maybe the size of a quarter. Very thick, not like snot. Well fast forward ten minutes and my nose is completely dry.

I had a sinus infection about three weeks ago or so, and my husband says thats what it’s from. But I’ve had plenty of sinus infections in my life and never this!

What the hell was my blob? :confused:

Congratulations, you’ve popped your cherry.

The amorphous blood-snot blob is a perfectly normal grand finale to a nosebleed. Just don’t go digging for gold for a few days.

I used to get nosebleeds a lot as a kid. The first time I saw one of those things I thought I just pulled an artery out of my nose. Just bloody snot, no worries. If you get another gusher tilt your head back and hold the tissue on your nose.

No offence but I think the recommendation to tip you head back is about 20 years out of date. Nowadays you’re supposed to sit and tilt your head forward while pinching your nose.

It was a long time ago, hasn’t happened in a long time. I was not aware of this, my apologies. :smack:

Sounds like you successfully fought off a attack by Altairian Nose leeches.

Seriously, if you are concerned, see your doctor. It might be good to find what caused the nosebleed in the first place.

What you pulled out was the clot that was forming to stop the bleeding. Best way to stop a nose bleed, is to not stuff tissue up the nostrils, but to pinch your nose closed very tightly for several minutes with your head held up, not down.

One trick I’ve used for years is to wad up tissue and stick it in my mouth between my upper lip and nose, right under the philtrum. Hold it there, for as long as needed to slow the blood flow.

This. It’s an extremely disgusting event when this clot slithers in the other direction, out the back of your nose and down your throat, compelling you to swallow.

Either way, it’s an integral/normal part of the nosebleed experience.

Hm, I wondered if this was the case. But even after removing the clot the blood stopped completely and it has been dry since then. Wouldn’t it start gushing again after I removed the clot?

Funny how many people do not know the proper treatment for a nosebleed.

You hold your head up and tilted forward slightly to allow the blood to drain out your nostrils. You do not hold your head down and hung forward as this raises blood pressure in the area.

Pinching the nose just below the bone may also help to slow blood flow and facilitate clotting because this is the site of most nosebleeds.

You do not tilt your head up or back as that may cause obstruction your airway or blood to drain into your lungs. Swallowing blood may also cause stomach upset and/or induce vomiting.

I’ve seen alot of people employ ice but it is not recommended as it may actually increase blood flow and hinder clotting.

For the OP, the cause and source of the nosebleed may or may not be important.
If you cannot determine a cause, (i.e. dry conditions, extreme cold, extrenuous exercise, errr… nose-picking) you should get it checked at your next doctor’s apointment. If it becomes a recurring problem, see a doctor immediately.

Because the clot you removed was just blood that bonded and congealed with itself in your nasal cavity as opposed to in the wound itself.

Dry winter air can cause nosebleeds. If it happens again, you might want to get a small personal humidifier to put hear your bed while you sleep.

You’re the only other person I’ve ever known who does that! I was hit with a rock in the nose as a kid and after that had a lot of nosebleeds. My grandmother would take a small square of notebook paper and fold it up a few times and shove it up there in my mouth over my gums. The bleeding stopped almost immediately, so that’s what I still do now 40 years later. But when I tell people about it they act like it’s the silliest thing they ever heard.

It works. I don’t recall where I learned it.

It seems weird, until you try it. Always works for me.

No pictures?

My grandfather taught me that trick over forty years ago! I don’t get many nosebleeds, though, so I don’t have sufficient data to confirm or deny it’s effectiveness.

When I ran ambulance in North Carolina, we carried Afrin nasal spray in the drug box to treat nose bleeds. For non-injury cases, it worked quite well.

If you try this at home, make sure it is a decongestant spray, not a steroid or saline.

Actually I did take a picture, after I had poke it and squished it around a bit. You sure you want to see it?

yeah dry winter air can cause nose bleeds.

leave the plug in place 15 or 20 minutes. feels like too long but it’s snot.

what you pulled out was an implanted alien embryo, good you got it in time.