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Nosebleeds Specialist

Jeff D. Kopelman, MD, FACS -  - Otolaryngologist

Jeff D. Kopelman, MD, FACS

Otolaryngologist located in Rockville Centre, NY

Dr. Jeff Kopelman and his staff offer their services to patients who live in and around the Rockville Centre community in New York. He specializes in the treatment of nosebleeds and other disorders involving the ear, nose, and throat.

Nosebleeds Q & A

What Causes Nosebleeds?

Nosebleeds are commonly caused by the thinning of the lining of the nose and nasal passages. The lining can begin to thin because of extremely dry air or because of repeated upper respiratory infections. A person who has repeated allergies or sinus infections can lead to the tissues in the nose and sinus cavities being torn or damaged. Lesions can form that result in severe bleeding. When this occurs, the doctor may choose to use electrical cauterization to permanently seal the blood vessels and prevent them causing nosebleeds. Individuals who sneeze repeatedly due to allergies may also have this problem.

How are Severe Nose Bleeds Controlled?

Individuals who have severe nose bleeds can have a procedure known as electrical cauterization for epistaxis performed to help control the bleeding. This procedure seals the blood vessels by searing them shut preventing them from causing repeated nosebleeds. The more damaged the lining of the sinus and the nasal passages become, the more likely they are to bleed uncontrollably. When the lining becomes weak, the blood vessels begin to appear closer to the surface. If the person is exposed to dry air that evaporates what little moisture is left in the sinuses, the vessels will rupture resulting in a nosebleed.

What is the Best way to Treat Nosebleeds?

There are many ways to stop a nosebleed. Doctors most often recommend using the thumb and forefinger to gently pinch the soft part of the nose and hold it shut. Applying an ice pack for several minutes will also help. Hold the nose shut for up to 10 minutes. Remove the fingers and allow the nose to open. If it is still bleeding, continue to apply pressure until there is no noticeable blood flow. It is important to sit up straight and tilt the head towards the front. For most people, nosebleeds are relatively uncommon. If they begin to occur more frequently, a visit to Dr. Kopelman’s office may be in order to ensure there are no significant health problems.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

Dr. Kopelman's office accepts most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans they accept. Please contact the office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.

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Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield