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Nosebleeds & Weight Loss

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author image Victoria Weinblatt
Victoria Weinblatt began writing articles in 2007, contributing to The Huffington Post and other websites. She is a certified yoga instructor, group fitness instructor and massage therapist. Weinblatt received her B.S. in natural resources from Michigan State University and an M.Ed. from Shenandoah University.
Nosebleeds & Weight Loss
Side effects of several medications include weight loss and nosebleeds. Photo Credit Keith Brofsky/Photodisc/Getty Images

Nosebleeds afflict children and adults. Intentional weight loss represents a goal people strive for and has become a multibillion-dollar industry in the United States. However, both of these symptoms -- alone or jointly -- may indicate a health problem or adverse reaction to medication. Talk to your health professional if you experience recurring nosebleeds or unexplained weight loss.

Nosebleeds

A common occurrence, getting a nosebleed may or may not be an indicator of a medical problem such as hardened arteries and high blood pressure. The septum, which separates the nasal chambers, usually marks the origin of the nosebleed. Some nosebleeds originate deeper inside the nose’s interior. MayoClinic.com recommends the following steps to take care of a nosebleed: sit upright, lean forward, pinch your nose and don’t bend down for several hours once the bleeding stops.

Weight Loss

Achieve intentional weight loss by burning more calories than you eat. Accomplish this goal through a weight management program offering a long-term solution for weight loss, not short-term results. Lose two pounds a week by reducing your daily caloric intake by 1,000 calories, or cut 500 calories to lose one pound a week, according Medline Plus, an online resource of the National Institutes of Health. As a general rule, Medline Plus recommends the lowest daily caloric intake for women is 1,200 and 1,500 for men. Consult your doctor if you are concerned about unintentional weight loss as it may indicate a health condition.

High Blood Pressure

A diagnosis of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, indicates your systolic pressure reads over 140 and your diastolic pressure reads over 90 most of the time. High blood pressure commonly lacks symptoms, but you could experience nosebleed, confusion and ear buzzing, according to Medline Plus. Your doctor may recommend treatment, including weight loss, exercise and a healthy diet.

Symptoms of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

The most common form of leukemia found in adults residing in the Western world is chronic lymphocytic leukemia, according to the Moores Cancer Center. This slow-developing disease commonly starts in the white blood cells of bone marrow and invades other parts of your body over time. Symptoms of chronic lymphocytic leukemia include nosebleeds, weight loss, shortness of breath and enlarged lymph nodes. Treatment options include chemotherapy and radiation therapy, along with a blood and marrow transplant.

Side Effects

Nosebleeds and weight loss represent side effects of several prescription medications, including fluticasone, pulmicort and depakote, warns Drugs.com. Flluticasone reduces inflammation, pulmicort prevents shortness of breath and depakote is prescribed as part of seizure treatment.

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