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24 TUESDAY, JUNE 17- THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2008 HEALTH &amp; FITNESS Cape Gazette How can nosebleeds be treated? Q.: What's the best way to treat epistaxis? A.: Well, that one made me go to the dictionary. Turns out epistaxis is the fancy word for nosebleed. The best way to treat a nose- bleed is to resist every instinct in your body to tilt your head back or to lie down. You have to keep your head higher than your heart to cut down on bleeding. And if you lean back, you can swallow blood, which can pro- duce vomiting and diarrhea. The best technique is to sit down and lean slightly forward so the blood will drain out of your nose. Then, using your thumb and index f'mger, squeeze the soft portion of your nose to- gether. Hold your nose until the bleeding stops. Don't let go for at least five minutes. Repeat as necessary. You can also place an ice pack across the bridge of your nose. Self-treatment can stop almost all nosebleeds. If bleeding per- sists, get immediate medical at- tention. Blood-thinners are not advis- able if you're suffering from a nosebleed. Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen for normal aches and pains. However, if you are on a prescribed blood thinner such as Coumadin, consult your physi- cian. Nosebleeds usually start just inside the nose at the septum that separates the nostrils. The septum contains many fragile, easily damaged blood vessels In older adults, a nosebleed may also begin deeper inside the nose, where there are larger blood vessels. This type of nosebleed may be caused by hardened arteries or high blood pressure. These nosebleeds be- gin spontaneously and often re- quire medical treatment. The most common causes of bleeds are dryness and picking your nose. Other causes include injuries, colds, allergies, blowing your nose, an object stuck in the nose, repeated sneezing, nasal sprays and cocaine use. Frequent nosebleeds can be an indicator of serious illness. For example, nosebleeds and bruising can be early signs of leukemia. Nosebleeds can also be a sign of blood clotting disorders and nasal tumors. A cooler house and a humidi- fier help many people with fre- quent nosebleeds. Nasal saline spray and petroleum jelly oint- ment can help prevent nose- bleeds, especially during the winter months. If you are prone to recurrent nosebleeds, it is helpful to lubri- cate the nose with an ointment. This can be applied gently with a cotton swab inside the nose. Make sure the 9intment is ap- PREVENT NOSEBLEED RECURRENCES To prevent a recurrence of a nosebleed, follow these tips: Avoid bending over or blowing your nose for several hours Rest with head elevated to about 45 degrees. Don,t lift anything heavy Don't smoke Don't drink hot liquids for at least 24 hours plied generously to the septum. Many patients use A&D oint: ment, Mentholatum, Polyo sporin/Neosporin ointment or Vaseline. Saline nasal spray helps, too. Editor's note: Fred Cicetti is a first<lass geezer over 60 who writes a health column for senior citizen& Email questions to or visit htt F.//healt La Red Health Center health fair to feature free screenings, giveaways La Red Health Center, located 505 West Market St., George- town, will hold its second annual health fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 28, rain or shine. Free screenings will include blood sugar, cholesterol, vision, bone density, HIV, skin cancer and blood pressure from local hospitals, pharmacies and spe- cialist doctors. Along with the screenings vendors will provide literature and information about the differ- ent services Delaware offers, in- The Other Boleyn Girl (PG13) 1:00, 3:15, 7:00, 9:15 Forgetting Sara Marshall (R) 1:00, 3:15, 7:00, 9:15 Horton Hears A Who (G) 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10 Nim's Island (PG) 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10 Speed Racer (PG) 1:05, 3:35, 6:50, 9:20 Prom Night (PG13) 3:35, 9:20 Leatherheads (PG13) 1:05, 6:50 cluding those from the Division of Public Health- Diabetes Pre- vention, Delaware Breast Cancer, Screening for Life, Viral Hepati- tis, AIDS Delaware, Sussex Par- ents as Teachers, Delmarva Pow- er, Delaware Physician Care, Unison Medicaid, First State Community Action Agency, Dy- namic Physical Therapg Telam- on, Wilmington Trust, Del One and others. La Red will have prizes from local restaurants and businesses, food vendors, music, face paint- ing, a moon bounce, and a bike helmet agd jump rope giveaway for the first 100 people. For more information, call 855- 1233. Are., 00ood a4 00i+k cas4-ome, rs? Then please attend the WSFS Customer Service Rep Recruiting Event, Wednesday, June 25, 4-6 p.m., Rehoboth banking office, 19335 Coastal Highway, F(ehoboth Beach, Delaware. WSFS was voted one of the best places to work in 2006 and 2007. Come learn why. We invite you to stop by and talk with one of our Associates or visit www.wsfsba n reers. WSFS00 Rehoboth \\;lnll, 449; Hu. 1 02-644-8840 Cinema entrance off Rt. 24 (Parking behind the Mall) DOc S.{'aad For Scrv/c6- FOE MIFIDN - Marcella Customer Service Rep Hockessin banking office