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Bloody noses

The air has been very dry lately and that can lead to health problems you might not expect.

Dr. Patrick Woodward is seeing cases of bloody noses in his office.

When we breath in the air it needs to achieve 100 percent humidity before it gets to our lungs. The way it does this is by pulling air from the linings of our sinuses, noses and throat.

Consequently our noses respond by releasing moisture and "running." The nose then cracks and bleeds.

When a nose bleed does occur, the keys to stopping it are pressure and ice at the bridge of the nose. 

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