Epistaxis, commonly referred to as a nosebleed or
bloody nose, can be frightening for the person who experiences it and
can cause much anxiety. It is estimated that 1 in 7 people will
experience a bloody nose at some point.
Epistaxis has a peak incidence in childhood, between the ages of 2 and 10, and in adulthood between the ages of 50 and 80 years. Mortality from a bloody nose is rare. When mortality occurs, it is usually due to severe hypovolemia (volume loss) and may be complicated by an underlying condition. Increased morbidity has been attributed to the use of nasal packing which can lead to respiratory depression and airway compromise. Nasal packing may also
have infection as a complication.