What To Do If My Nose Bleeds Too Easily?

May 1, 2010 May 1, 2010 by Johnny N Boxing Basics, Boxing Mailbag 24 Comments

What To Do When My Nose Bleeds

Q: My nose bleeds easily when I fight even when I don’t get hit hard. What can I do about it?

A: I’m no medical expert but from what I know, nose bleeding can be real common in youngsters. It varies from them not getting enough vitamins for clotting blood, blood pressure built up from muscle stiffness elsewhere in the body, or just genetic disadvantages in their nose structure and nose muscles.
My youngest brother was 15 and bled everyday in the gym. You only had to look at him and he’d start bleeding for no apparent reason. As soon as he got older, it stopped all of the sudden. From what I’ve seen, a nosebleed problem is usually just a phase that goes away as the fighter gets older.  Fortunately for me, I never bleed from the nose no matter how hard I get punched during a fight.
I once saw a Russian fighter (Russians commonly have protruding noses that easily get damaged while boxing) “warm-up” his nose before every fight by rubbing it with the palm of his hand and slowly bending and wiggling his nose with his hands in every angle. He swore that it helped him and truth be told, I hit him several times with big shots in the fight and he never bled. I hope this helps. Good luck and thanks for writing! – Rado
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24 Comments

Glen June 19, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I have the same problem. You can have your nose cauterised, basically a doctor burns off the blood vessels in your nose. That will stop your nose bleeding so easily. Cheers

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Johnny N June 20, 2010 at 6:16 am

caterise your nose
THANKS for the info, Glen! I know a ton of boxers that would benefit from that.

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Mike October 30, 2010 at 3:47 am

Vaseline or vitamin E
My coach tells us to rub vitamin e or vaseline on the inside of our nose. So far it seems to work. I’ve heard of a few friends who cauterize their nose, but this method is a little less extreme and should work.

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Juan June 6, 2011 at 11:31 am

During Fight
I once had a fight when I was 16 in school with a boy, I punched him so many times that when he approached me with a punch that didn’t even touch my nose I suddenly started bleeding and all my friends said that I lost because of this reason after that day I was really angry.

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Erik August 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Temperature changes
I was living in Seattle for about 1 month, where it was cool temperature but then when I got back to Tri-Cities my nose started bleeding at night from the heat, and my nose never bleeds.

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Johnny N August 10, 2011 at 8:12 am

@Erik – I know what you mean about hot temperatures. That use to be the cause of nose bleeds when I was growing up.

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Erik September 21, 2011 at 2:05 am

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Erik September 21, 2011 at 2:06 am

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lewis September 21, 2011 at 9:55 am

brilliant blog! i too am a victim of easy nose bleeds
great advice but im gonna get it carterised for sure had this problem since i was a kid and its boxing that aggrevates it but thanks guys for all your insight its good to know theres a reason behind it and its not all genetics!

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Drew November 27, 2011 at 8:37 am

my nose bleed easily too. just finished a spar today but it didn’t take a long working time, the coach stopped the fight, because my nose bleed.

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cristian February 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm

My nose doesnt bleed but it has alot of clogged up mucus which makes me stop inbetween sparring and training and it only happens when i workout. Is there anyway at all i can prevent that? cause i hate stopping so much.

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Johnny N February 16, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I have the same problem cristian. I find that if I train a lot and warm up and keep blowing my nose before hand, that helps keep the mucus away. I’ve also used the netipot with some success. You can also sniff those sinus decongestants.

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cristian February 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Ok Thanks a lot Johnny i appreciate all these tips and techniques you write about, they help out SO MUCH! keep doing what ur doing ! Best Boxing Page i have gotten help from.

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Eric March 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm

If you have a fine Roman nose like the one pictured in the above photo I wouldn’t ruin it with boxing. If you have on the other hand the nose of Doug Dewitt or Fritzi Zivic what the hell have you got lose. A broken nose is one thing because it will cause your eyes to swell, bleed profusely and affect your breathing, and of course be quite painful everytime you’re tagged on the old honker. You can toughen your skin if you cut easily by different methods, Jack Dempsey rubbed brine on his face and hands and his skin was like leather, but I’m not sure what you can do with nose bleeds. Unlike a broken nose, however, a nose bleed shouldn’t be much of a problem unless of course you freak everytime you see your own blood and in that case you shouldn’t be boxing anyhow. One unfortunate problem is that a lot of ignorant judges are often persuaded by the sight of blood and will often let that determine their decision in judging a fight. A cut bleeding into a fighter’s eye will affect a fighter’s vision, but a bloody nose shouldn’t cause much of a problem, if a problem at all.

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frank November 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

my son wrestled in high school his nose bleed in evry match .the matches always had to be temporiarly stopped until the blood could be cleaned up . thenmatch could continue . . he finally had his nose cortrized and this helped but was not 100 per cent effective

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Christian Church July 10, 2013 at 3:31 am

does a nose type matter because if you look at manny pacquiao his nose is kinda level with his face, is this a adaptation? My nose has been broken many times but i never went and got it looked at, now when i get hit it hurts more than i think it should and bleeds easy but still hurts is there a way to fix or train this. is this because it grew back oddly and is sensitive?

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Johnny N July 10, 2013 at 10:17 am

You’ll have to speak to a doctor or maybe somebody who knows more about this. Some people have more problems than others. I was lucky enough that my nose never bothered me. (It also helps that I’m very defensive.)

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Christian Church July 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm

thank you, i truly appreciate your info and what you do to help others

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Frankie July 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm

thanks 4 the info, i love boxing and i also do krav maga, and me and my dad both have the nose bleeding problem, he uses vaseline before he boxes, if my nose barely gets bumped it spouts out blood like a fire hose and i cant stand this when im trying to spar, im going to try and get it carterized

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aztec chief August 27, 2013 at 9:40 pm

im 22 now and since a kid the lightest tap would start a nose bleed. iv always had this problem and i hoped to find the answer here. having my nose cauterized seems to extreme and just putting vaseline seems like it wont be enough. maybe the solution is to get out of the way?

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Johnny N September 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Getting out of the way ain’t a bad idea! :)

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amil March 13, 2014 at 8:08 pm

thanks a lot guy
recently I spared with a kid and I got hit in the nose twice and my nose started gushing I’m going to try out the Vaseline trick

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JusRoc August 18, 2014 at 11:22 am

Cool Site,
Interesting article about nose bleeds.
Recently while reading a book called the vitamin bible and read an really interesting
page on Vitamin K. Apparently this vitamin plays a really important role in blood clotting.
So if your nose bleeds take your vitamin K.
Please note that I am neither a doctor or dietician, so please read up on this topic
in order to ascertain the safe dosage and what the upper limit is before the vitamin
becomes toxic.
If you are a serious fighter (which incidentally I am not) I would also recommend that you
pay for comphrehensive blood tests that test for your vitamin/mineral/hormone levels.

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Ben Medlin September 8, 2014 at 7:56 am

I had my nose cauterized I honestly didn’t help ..I’m 25 and still bleed like a pig people used to try and and stop me when it started bleeding now I just tell them it doesn’t hurt it just bleeds they leave me alone

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