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Bleeding: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

The loss of blood externally through an opening in the body is known as external bleeding while the flow of blood within an organ or anywhere outside the veins and into the body is known as internal bleeding. Bleeding can be caused by numerous reasons, and therefore the treatment options for the same also vary. One of the most common reasons for bleeding is an injury. If you have gotten hurt and have suffered an injury, you will end up bleeding. In this case, the right course for treatment is the application of gauze. Similarly, bleeding can be caused due to an internal condition. In that case, once the condition is assessed properly, the course of treatment will be determined. Most internal bleeding is caused due to an internal injury. There are a few ways to treat this. The first is the administration of various medications that can stem the flow of blood and also stop the cause of bleeding. If that does not work, surgery might be required to stitch up the opening from where blood is coming out.

Some people suffer from nosebleeds when they are stressed out. In this case, the treatment is to just tilt your head back and try to stop the flow like that.

How is the treatment done?

To start the treatment, the diagnosis must first be done. If your bleeding is caused by an injury, then your doctor will first assess the injury to see how deep it is. Superficial injuries can be treated with bandages or gauze bandages, if needed. Sometimes, a wad of cotton is inserted between the bandage and the wound to further aid with the stemming of the blood. If the injury is deep, the treatment will take a few additional steps. Stitches are often used to bind the wound together. Internal stitches can be used to sew together muscles or tissues if the wound cut through them. External stitches are used to close the wound by sewing the skin together. When administered, this treatment is very effective for stopping bleeding.

Internal bleeding is normally treated with medications as the bleeding is often caused due to another condition such as peptic ulcers, typhoid, and so on. Thus, treating the actual condition is the only way to treat the bleeding. However, if the internal bleeding is caused by an injury, then surgery may be required to assess and control the damage to the body. Again, stitches are administered along with medication that can stem the flow of blood.

Bleeding caused by stress, such as nosebleeds, are usually combatted by tilting your head back until the blood stops. Often, this needs to be accompanied with exercises that combat stress.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you are bleeding, it is advisable to seek treatment. No matter how minor the injury may be, getting proper care and ensuring the wound is cleaned and blood flow is properly stopped is the best thing to do for your health.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you are not bleeding, you are not eligible to seek treatment for the same.

Are there any side effects?

There are no side effects to the treatment. Although, if you do not change your bandages as instructed or keep them clean, you will run the risk of getting an infection. If the infection reaches your bloodstream, you can suffer from blood poisoning or sepsis as well, which is very dangerous. If you have undergone surgery, you can expect a few common side effects such as bruising, swelling, and pain.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The most important thing to do once your treatment is over is to ensure your bandages are clean and changed as and when they are supposed to be. This ensures hygiene and also helps your body heal properly and effectively.

How long does it take to recover?

Bleeding can be stopped immediately once the cause is identified. Often, it stops as the bandage is applied as wounds are usually cleaned with something that can help with clotting the blood.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The price of getting treated can range anywhere between Rs. 100 – Rs. 200.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatment are permanent unless the bleeding is caused by something other what the treatment was for. If you have an underlying condition that has not been diagnosed and treated, then it is likely that the bleeding will occur again and again.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

A mixture of turmeric and ghee can be smeared over a wound to treat it. However, antiseptics are the most effective way to treat wounds.

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Hello sir, my age 28 Mere danto se khun niklata h or muh se badboo aati h m daily bursh karta hu Please guide me soul my problem sir.

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Apply fatkiri, apply baking soda paste, apply honey over there, chew neem leaves at night, with this you need to consult a dentist.

Mere Dant me Khoon aata hai brush karte waqt fir aise hi zabaan se chhedne par iska upay batayen please dr.

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Hi, There are various reasons for bleeding / swollen gums like poor oral hygiene, vitamin deficiency, physical injury to gums, hormonal changes, medications etc. You have to visit dentist for professional cleaning and check-up to know the exact cause and solution of your problem.
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My gums bleed when I brush, suppose 4 out of ten times they ll bleed. My oral hygiene in upto the mark .no tartar I brush twice .still they bleed I don't know why.

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