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Alternative to petroleum jelly?

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Thread Starter 

Here's my deal....about two months ago my nose started spontaneously bleeding on the left side. I've never suffered from nosebleeds (I'm 40yo). It's been happening about twice a week, and a few times it's taken over 30 minutes to stop.

 

This began in August when it's humid out, so I didn't think nasal dryness was a factor, but I bought some saline spray and tried to be better about taking my multi-vitamins every day. It hasn't helped. This morning I had a 45 minute episode and decided to call for a same-day appointment at my doctor's office.

 

My doctor said she can easily see a superficial blood vessel with a hematoma on it. She ordered some bloodwork and told me that I should use a humidifier and coat the inside of my nostril with petroleum jelly to protect it while it heals. Any ideas for something other than petroleum jelly that would "stick" as well? I'm not a die-hard anti-petrolatum person, but I try to avoid it if possible.

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There was a recent thread where castor oil was suggested. http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1329051/need-ideas-for-nosebleed-prevention

It really worked!
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Thanks for the link! I never gave arnica a thought, either. I'll be shopping tomorrow, I guess....I don't have either of those things in the house.

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For any kind of irritation coconut oil is the first thing I grab for.  We use it for pretty much everything around here. The kids think it is some kind of magic potion. 

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I use coconut oil for lots of things, too....I just don't think it would be good inside the nose. I imagine it would get runny and drip out. Of course, castor oil might be similar, but I haven't ever used castor oil for anything so I'm not sure of it's consistency.

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Just use a tiny, tiny, bit.  If it is solid just rub your finger on it till your finger/Qtip is a little oily, or if it is melted then just dip your finger/Qtip in just a dab and just dab it in there.  Bad description, but just like oiling a pan before baking. 

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Originally Posted by 2xy View Post

I use coconut oil for lots of things, too....I just don't think it would be good inside the nose. I imagine it would get runny and drip out. Of course, castor oil might be similar, but I haven't ever used castor oil for anything so I'm not sure of it's consistency.


Hi, it's the castor oil user from the other thread! Castor oil is very very thick.We did try coconut oil when we had bloody noses, and didn't find it as effective as castor oil. That was just our experience, though. Good luck!

 

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