Hi and no doubt this is the dumbest question ever....but the last two days I have been having nose bleeds, sometimes full on Niagara Falls action, and sometimes just when I blow my nose, or residue of blood in tissue, I know my gums have started to bleed just a tiny bit since quitting and it is a good sign, but I am not prone to nose bleeds, in fact can't think when I have ever had one!

Its a bit alarming, as it just happened while dealing with a soldier :( is it normal, will it stop, or is it totally unrelated to quitting? I have not had a cigarette for coming up for 3 weeks, so maybe too soon for stuff like this to be happening. Any advice greatly appreciated.

Al x

Last edited by

20 Replies

  • soz pinki no idea, but when i stopped for first 8 Weeks my teeth and gums killed me. went to dentist he said it was due to grealy improved circulation and the blood supply now reaching the gums, which wern,t used to it! may be its the same type of thing, blood pumping round better. sure someone else will come back to you with an answer. this giving up smoking throws up some wierd stuff.x

  • Thanks Jules, i was thinking the same, but they are getting mortifying now, just had another one about 10 mins ago!!! hmmmm x

  • Sorry Al, thats a query for Emjay. but will have a nosey (pardon the pun) see if I can find anything. :)

  • Found this Al,

    Nosebleeds can be dramatic and frightening. Luckily, most nosebleeds are not serious and can be handled fairly easily. They are divided into two types, depending on whether the bleeding is coming from the anterior (front of the nose) or posterior (back of the nose).

    Anterior nosebleeds make up more than 90% of all nosebleeds. The bleeding usually comes from a blood vessel at the very front part of the nose. Anterior nosebleeds are usually easy to control, either by measures that can be performed at home or by a doctor.

    Posterior nosebleeds are much less common than anterior nosebleeds. They tend to occur more often in elderly people. The bleeding usually comes from an artery in the back part of the nose, and higher up in the nose. These nosebleeds are more complicated and usually require admission to the hospital and management by an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist.

    Most people will develop a nosebleed at some time. Nosebleeds tend to occur during winter months and in dry, cold climates. They can occur at any age but are most common in children between two and 10 years old and adults between 50 and 80 years old.

    Nosebleed causes

    Most commonly, trauma to the nose triggers a nosebleed. Trauma to the outside of the nose such as a blow to the face, or trauma inside the nose such as nose picking or repeated irritation from a cold, can cause a nosebleed.

    Less commonly, an underlying disease process such as an inability of the blood to clot may contribute to the bleeding. Inability of the blood to clot is most often due to blood-thinning medications such as warfarin or aspirin. Liver disease can also interfere with blood clotting. Abnormal blood vessels or cancers in the nose are rare causes of nosebleeds. High blood pressure may contribute to bleeding but is not often the only reason for a nosebleed.

    Nosebleed symptoms

    Bleeding usually occurs from only one nostril. If the bleeding is heavy enough, the blood can fill up the nostril on the affected side and overflow within the nasopharynx (the area inside the nose where the two nostrils merge), spilling into the other nostril to cause bleeding from both sides. Blood can also drip back into the throat or down into the stomach, causing a person to spit or even vomit blood.

    Signs of excessive blood loss include dizziness, light-headedness, confusion and fainting. Excessive blood loss from nosebleeds does not often occur.

    Additional bleeding from other parts of the body such as in the urine or bowels or easy bruising may indicate an inability of the blood to clot. Additional bleeding or easy bruising is often a sign of a more significant medical problem.

  • Hi Jilly,

    Thanks for this, I don't fall into the ages groups, too old for the 10 year old :( , too young for the 50+ :) , but although I haven't had a cold, I have been blowing my nose more, I have a wee bit of an OCD, so my routine is to blow my nose, wash my hands, anti bac gel, then moisturise, but I am thinking, I am using my vape less, so avoiding taking it at the first twinge of a craving, but having a glass of water, then the blowing nose, washing ritual, so I wonder if it is a case of too much anti bac or blowing, as I may have been doing it all twice as much as normal!

    I might lay off the blowing for now and just vape lol, see if it stops, its a bit awkward at work when dealing with soldiers and the look of horror on their faces as my exorcist routine kicks off :)


  • :D :D :D love to see their faces.

  • LOL tell ya what for a bunch of big burly guys who save our country they "ewwwwww" like little girls when it happened :) :)

  • :D :D :D typical fellas.

  • :P :P :P

  • Al,just read this so apologies for the late reply.I used to be an ENT nurse (in my previous life!!) So I'll try &answer your question.

    Nose bleeds (epistaxis is the technical term) are cause generally by 1/Raised blood pressure,2/blowing your nose too hard3/weak vessels in the lining of your nose which rupture for no real reason and whoosh there you go!!4/Nasal polyps(you'd also feel bunged up/snore, most of the time) All can be treated but it might be worth visiting your G.P. to get it checked out.Smoking can cause vasoconstriction(constricted blood vessels) and now you're not smoking your blood vessels,are starting to get back to normal,maybe you've always been a bit prone to nose bleeds but your smoking has hidden it?? Anyway just a few thoughts,shout if I can help further.Hel x

  • P.s.If your nose bleeds again sit with your head forward (NOT back as blood just runs down your throat & you'll swallow it and then probably be sick!!) & apply EITHER a clean hankie folded with some ice cubes in it or a bag of frozen peas, if you don't have access to either of those then just apply pressure to the bridge of your nose (Google Little's area) and that should stop it.If not then get medical assistance asap.Hel

  • Brilliant Helen thank you, I think it is a blowing nose thing maybe, I will try and kick that habit too lol! See if I can only do it a couple of times tomorrow and see what happens. Feel a bit more at ease now, thank you xx

  • Helen, just ACE advice gal :) :)

    Ali, the only other thing I can come up with is, are you taking asprin at all ?? I only ask you this, cos a few years ago now, I kept getting nose bleeds for no apparent reason !!

    I went to A&E they said I would have to stay the night for tests :o I was in there nearly a week !! they found out it was the aspirin thinning my blood :o Sooooo, I stopped taking any aspirins and hey-prestooooo I'v not had one since :) touch flippin wood :D :D

    When I first went into hospital they tried erm, quarterising ( I think they called it ) the weak blood vessels in my nose, but that didnt work for me :( :P But it may work for you :) and it dint hurt a bit gal :)

    I'm sure our lovely Helen will be able to explain it better :)

    Speak soon :)

  • Hi monky,

    Not taking aspirin but I think my problem may be my OCD and nose blowing thing.... Going to cut back on it tomorrow and hopefully it will help. If not I will take advice and go to gp x

  • Pete, Just read this (hind legs of the donkey again) I'm honoured that after my drunken show at your party you still call me lovely Helen. LOL x

  • Hey, Helen, dont you bother about it gal, cos you wernt the only one to pole - dance :P :D :D :D

  • Note to self, remember to get the Pole back to Pete( he's eating me out of house and home.!!!!!) H x

  • :D :D :D just flippin love it gal :D :D :D

  • Hey Ali was just wondering how you're getting on now? I may have missed an update so if I have sorry in advance! Hope you've found some relief x

  • I had the same thing when quitting smoking tobacco cigarettes and changing to vaping. Vaping dehydrates the nose and throat much more than tobacco and in my case, if I didn't drink plenty of water (and it must be boring water not anything else... or water alongside whatever else you may drink) a morning nosebleed was almost guaranteed. 

    Also what others have said here... about improved circulation after quitting the evil weed / respiratory system beginning to function properly again... makes a lot of sense. The sinuses are regenerating. The old burned out tissue is being replaced with brand new baby-like tissue which will be much more sensitive. And prone to bleeding if you blow your nose a lot or vape without appropriate hydration (water).

    Good luck.

You may also like...