uncontrollable Bleeding

What Is Uncontrollable Bleeding?

Uncontrollable bleeding is a medical condition where a person has excessive bleeding of specific parts of the body. Depending on the severity of the condition, a person can experience uncontrollable bleeding for a variety of reasons, and the best treatment methods vary. Regardless of the cause, uncontrolled bleeding can be extremely dangerous and should be addressed by a medical professional.

Common Causes of Uncontrollable Bleeding

Uncontrollable bleeding can be caused by a variety of conditions and issues, including:

  • Injury to or infection of the blood vessels
  • Changes in blood clotting due to disease or medications, such as hemophilia
  • Cancer
  • Blood thinning medications
  • Trauma
  • Birth control pills

What Are the Symptoms of Uncontrollable Bleeding?

The symptoms of uncontrollable bleeding depend on its cause and severity. Generally, symptoms include:

  • Excessive bleeding for a prolonged period of time
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Bruising for no apparent reason
  • Easy or excessive bleeding when brushing teeth or shaving
  • Nosebleeds that won't stop
  • Blood in the urine or stool
  • Swollen or tender joints
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Low blood pressure or dizziness

How Is Uncontrollable Bleeding Diagnosed and Treated?

Uncontrollable bleeding is typically diagnosed with a physical exam and laboratory tests. Depending on the cause of the bleeding, treatments can range from lifestyle changes, medications, or even surgery. Some treatments for uncontrollable bleeding include:

  • Blood transfusions
  • Clotting factor replacement therapy
  • Medications to inhibit or stop bleeding (anticoagulants or antiplatelet drugs)
  • Surgery to stop bleeding, such as stent placement

Most cases of uncontrollable bleeding can be controlled, but it's important to follow the doctor's instructions for treatment and recovery.