Why Do I Get Headaches and Nosebleeds?

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People suffer from headaches and nosebleeds for a variety of reasons, some benign, others serious. According to Healthline, there are two types of headaches: migraine headaches, which occur on one side of the head, and tension headaches, which occur on both sides of the head. Nosebleeds occur when blood vessels in the nose burst or break. Nosebleeds and headaches can occur in tandem.

If an individual is experiencing both of these conditions simultaneously and cannot attribute the problems to a cause, a doctor visit is in order, according to Healthline. Healthline notes that both nosebleeds and headaches are often caused by hay fever and sinusitis. Other causes cited by Healthline include anemia, chronic kidney disease, cocaine abuse, high blood pressure and leukemia. In addition, head trauma, including skull fractures, can result in headaches and nosebleeds. Inhaling certain chemicals and carbon monoxide poisoning are also possible causes. There are a number of medical treatments for nosebleeds and headaches, Healthline notes. If the cause is high blood pressure, a doctor will often prescribe medication. In cases of severe, recurring nosebleeds, a doctor may use a heat tool to seal off the blood vessels. According to Healthline, in cases of severe nosebleeds, that plugging the nostrils to apply pressure is sometimes the most effective way to stop the bleeding.