Nasal cautery, or nasal cauterization, is a procedure where a chemical or electrical device is applied to the mucous membranes in the nose to stop bleeding. If your child suffers from recurrent nosebleeds, your doctor may recommend it as a treatment option.
Nosebleeds in children are fairly common and, in most cases, do not require medical attention. Some common causes include:
- Picking or blowing nose
- Colds or allergies
- Structural problems in the nose
- Certain medications
- Abnormal growth in the nose or sinuses
- Clotting disorders
- Blood vessel disorders
Can You Prevent Nosebleeds?
Preventing nosebleeds depends on the cause. If your child’s nosebleeds are associated with seasonal allergies, it might be best to avoid going to Encanto Park when pollen levels are high. They may also be prevented by:
- Avoiding picking or scratching nose
- Treating medical conditions that are causing nosebleeds
- Changing or discontinuing medications
- Relieve dryness by using a humidifier or nasal gels, sprays, and creams. This can be especially helpful in drier climates like Maricopa County.
When Does a Bloody Nose Require Medical Attention?
If your child’s nosebleed lasts longer than 20 minutes or if it was caused by an injury, you should seek medical attention. Additionally, you should seek immediate help if your child is:
- Experiencing bleeding that is unusually heavy
- Dizzy or weak
- Swallowing a lot of blood
- Having difficulty breathing
Any nosebleed that recurs four or more times in one week requires a medical evaluation. If other treatments and prevention methods don’t work, your child’s doctor will likely recommend nasal cautery.
What to Expect During and After Nasal Cauterization
Experiences will vary depending on things like the severity of your child’s nosebleeds and whether or not other procedures are being done at the same time. However, this is what you can generally expect if your child undergoes nasal cautery:
- The procedure is quick, often only taking 5-10 minutes
- It can be done when the patient is awake with a topical anesthetic or in an operating room under general anesthesia
- Your child can usually go home shortly after the procedure
- They may feel groggy or be slightly fussy afterward
- Minor nosebleed and nasal drainage are a normal part of the healing process
- Tylenol or ibuprofen may be used for any discomfort
- Your specialist will likely recommend using a moisturizing or antibiotic ointment in the nose after the procedure to aid in your child’s healing process
If you have additional questions or would like to book an appointment with one of our experts, call Arizona Desert Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists today.