What is Bleeding?

Bleeding, or hematidrosa, is the medical term for the loss of blood from the body, either internally or externally. Bleeding can be caused by injuries, medical conditions, or even medical interventions, and it can range from small minor patches of blood to life-threatening situations. It's important to know what may be causing your own bleeding, in order to understand how best to address it.

Types of Bleeding

Bleeding can vary in severity. Some types of bleeding can be minor, while others are serious emergencies. Common types of bleeding include the following:

  • Arterial bleeding: Blood that is bright red and spurting from the source of the injury is called arterial bleeding. This type of bleeding is rapid and can result in a severe loss of blood.
  • Venous bleeding: This type of bleeding is usually slower than arterial bleeding and it will appear dark red. The flow of this type of bleeding comes from veins rather than arteries.
  • Internal bleeding: This type of bleeding is difficult to detect as it is usually internal. Common causes of internal bleeding are physical trauma, such as a car accident, or medical conditions, such as ulcers, ruptured aneurysms, and tumors.
  • Signs and Symptoms of Bleeding

    The signs and symptoms of bleeding may vary depending on the type of bleeding and its severity. Common signs and symptoms of bleeding include:

  • Clammy or pale skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling faint or lightheaded
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bloody stools or urine
  • Unexplained bruising or petechiae
  • Pain and swelling at the site of bleeding
  • Treatment for Bleeding

    Treatment for bleeding can vary depending on the cause and severity. Common options may include elevating the affected area, applying pressure, and administering medications. More serious cases may require surgery to repair damaged vessels or to stop blood loss.

    Prevention for Bleeding

    The best way to prevent bleeding is to take the necessary precautions when engaging in any activity that could cause bleeding. Always wear protective gear, such as helmets, while participating in sports or activities that increase the risk of injury. Make sure to keep the area around your home safe from hazards, such as sharp objects, to reduce the risk of injury. Finally, be sure to stay up-to-date on any medical conditions you may have that increase the risk of bleeding.