Bleeding Overview

Bleeding is a symptom of many types of trauma, injury, or disease. It may range from harmless minor bleeding to a life-threatening emergency (e.g. shock, internal bleeding, etc.). Bleeding may affect almost any body area: nosebleed, mouth bleeding, eye bleeding, ear bleeding, and so on. Menstrual bleeding is a normal type of bleeding, but may become excessive or abnormal. Internal bleeding may cause blood in vomit, blood in sputum, or rectal bleeding; in some cases internal bleeding may cause none of these symptoms and yet still be very serious. Recurrent bleeding in a person who has “unexplained bleeding” or who bleeds easily is described as having a “bleeding tendency” which may itself have various causes (e.g. bleeding disorders, infection, leukemia, etc.). Bruising is a symptom closely related to bleeding. The opposite of bleeding is clotting (see poor clotting or excessive clotting). All bleeding symptoms may be dangerous and need prompt medical attention from a qualified professional.

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