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 How to stop nose bleeding?
i have been having nose bleed very often since 4 years old, and now i m 15.

the nose bleeding happens as often as at least once a month.

I just had one this morning, and ...

 Help I was just in a car accident 30min ago can anyone help me with something?
I was just in a bad car accident, I was in the back seat, didn't have my seat belt on (I know I'm stupid), in a van. The paramedics got me all scared about me possibly having a concussion.....

 What has my mom done??? -_-?
hi, my mom about an hour to 2 hours ago banged her hand really hard on the corner of the table and went a bit "icky" and dizzy, but she said it didnt really hurt...after supper though she ...

 Is my Boyfriend ok?????
He acidently hit the door in his face, and fell, and hit his head. I checked his pulse to see if he was still alive. he was still breathing, but he has been out for a few hours! I put a pack of ice ...

 I cut myself while chopping onions...ouch!?
i cut myself pretty bad on my finger...its not like REALLY BAD...but its quite deep, it scared me at first, and the blood keeps gushing out...i wrapped a bandage around it, two actually and i can ...

 Ouchhiee i ran into a door?
it hurts and now i have a bruise on my leg :9

haa do u ever do ...

 What is the worst injury you had?

 What is wrong with my leg??
I have this really bad pain on my upper part of my left leg. I cant really lift it very high. I cant walk proper. I do a lot of kick boxing, and grappling, but I came home from class and i was ...

 Medical name for kneecap?

 I keep getting headaches when i wake up without going to the doctors does anybody have any ideas?
Its two lots of pain straight across my forehead and back of my head.
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I have recently had my eyes tested all fine and my p illows are new!...

 HELP! My bf been bite by a brown LOCUS SPIDER!!?
yesterday my bf was bite by a spider and we caught it and hes pretty sure it was a brown locus spider ( we can send a picture ). HE thinks theyre poisonious but IDK if it is he says his arm has been ...

 Had bloodtest few days ago and the nurse was'nt very good and i've got a painful bruise still. should i sue?

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first she told me she was good then push needle in first arm and no blood came, she said sorry and went for the other arm and somehow hurt the inside as almost ...

 I feel like I`v been ran over by a bus!!!?
I sit on my knees everytime a sit!
It`s a habbit I`v been doing it since I was 3!
And my knees hurt sooooo much!
What should I do?
I try to stop but I cant!...

 How can you tell if your nose is broken?
A few days ago while I was walking around in the dark, I accidently ran into a bookshelf and hit my nose and I don't know if it's broken. It hurt a lot for the first ten or so minutes, but ...

 Should I have gone to emergency?
I was in the pool yesterday.. and i decided to jump backwards onto a huge tire we have in the pool.
However the tire is much larger than i am and my body fell through, but my arms and neck did ...

 If you woke up in bed, and your head was over on the shelf, what would you do?
Please be serious. What would you do?...

 PLEASE HELP ME...I have a major madical question???
ok so i got this cut on my stumach and it was pretty deep and it got infected and now it is closed and has been infected for 9 months
i have:
constant headaches
i now bruise really ...

 What is the worst injury you've ever had?
If you're lucky enough not to have had a bad injury, maybe you've had an extreme surgery. What was it?...

 I gave my sister a black eye need answer fast?
my mom is coming back in at 8.. how do i turn it not black? and no it was not my fault i didnt punch her lol it was her fault she fell like a stupid
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 Am i injured?
Today during football practice i went helmet to helmet with a guy and felt an instant sharp pain in my neck. i didn't want to look like a wuss, so i toiughed it out and finished practice ...

Can broken bones heal themselves?
broken leg, broken arm, broken nose etc.

Mr T
yes, that's what the body does

welcome to year 7 biology

Yes, of course they can you dimwit

Yes, I believe that in some cases, particularly in children, the bones can knit themselves back together.

Flangela Haddock
yep. bones that are broken will naturally grow together. might not be pretty though & could give lots of pain when you are old.Best to get it reset in plaster by a doctor.

Ishfaq A
Yes, before that it must be placed back to its original shape otherwise a bend can emerge if wrong alignment is left unattended.
In childhood healing process is more faster than elderly ages.

They sure can.

Broken Bones do heal themselves, They are put in plaster to make sure they heal in the right place, to minimise any lasting problems.

yes but not necessarily in exactly the same shape the way they were before they were broken

Dr Frank
Yes they can and do. If they are undisplaced (In normal position) they can heal fairly well if we rest. However if they are not immobilised with plaster or slings they will heal crookedly. Even if they do the body will often shape reshape them in time. Some bones however will not heal at all unless dealt with surgically. The classical example of this is the hip. This is because the top of the bone has a poor blood supply and when cut off from the shaft it just dies. At the other extreme a small toe bone fracture will heal if just left alone.

mick p
Yep they certainly do - depending on the type or mechanics of the bone it may need to be re-set to its original shape but the healing and renewal process is ongoing. The human skeleton renews itself about every 15 years.

That's what they do almost everytime. You have a cast to keep it in the same place so it heals in the right way, not to make it heal. If it's a particularly bad break, you will need pins to re-align it etc. though.

yes they can, but they need to be set in the correct position or may cause other problems, like your scafoid bone in the wrist

Yes generally in 6 to 8 weeks however the will need to be set into place and supported as in your nose.

Glad to help GP Hedgy

Sue do mate.

Shelty K
Yes they can and do.
Bone healing or ossification will occur naturally, but to ensure there is no deformity which will cause a problem later on it needs to be kept in alignment. That is why casts and pins etc are used.
Immobilization is also important so that ossification can bridge the gaps and attach frirmly to the other broken poece. Noses are particularly important as they can heal abnormally and occlude the nasal passage causing breathing difficulty.


That is what bones DO. Not some outside influence.


Of course it is crucial that the bone is set right so that it, when it mends itself, does so well.

john w
yes they can. i broke two of my fingers and didn't want the hassle of going hospital so i taped them up and in no time they was back to normal.
my dad recently broke his foot, being elderly he is more stubbern then me and also didn't want the bother of hospital so he gave it some rest and kept it active and within two weeks he stopped moaning about it.

Yes, but probably in the wrong position.

Yes, sometimes if they are left to heal without medical attention they can heal or set at a different angle to what they were before. For example, when someone has broken their nose, whichever way it is pushed, if it is not straightened out then it will be slightly wonky as it will heal that way!! The same with wrists, amongst other bones but usually you'd know if you'd broke you're leg or something major!! Hope this helps!

Broken bones do heal themselves, but only if the broken ends are touching. If the bone is not meeting together straight, then the limb won't heal straight. When a broken bone is treated in hospital with plaster, splints or surgery, it is to ensure that the broken ends are held in the correct position, so that the bone can heal itself properly.

I broke my middle finger 22nd feb 2006, it curled up and stayed crooked and mis-shapen so 6 months later I went to the hospital. I was still in so much pain, they referred me to a plastic surgeon and they put it in a splint. I've just been signed off by them, but it's still crooked and painful especially when it's cold. I was under the impression that you don't need to have fingers and toes strapped. I wish I'd bothered going to the hospital and have it x-rayed on the day. However, I just broke my fourth toe (accident prone or what??!!) on Friday, and the GP said not to bother going to the hospital with it. I'm supposed to be in training for my karate grading at the end of March, so I'm hoping the pain goes away VERY soon, and it heals OK without too much strapping etc. Fingers crossed!!(All the ones that aren't broken of course.)

The moral of this (long-winded) answer is, I think the doctors should really be given a chance to do their job and tell you if there's anything they can or should do to limit your pain and suffering!

It depends, smaller bones like ribs and toes can heel themselves ( I am assuming you mean with absolutely no assistance), but larger or longer bones can only heal themselves properly if supported by a splint or cast. If you just left it, it would heal crooked.

I've broken my leg in same place 3 times now. Apparently a bone has blood inside - when a break occurs the blood clots around the break and over time (turns) into new bone - hence on an x-ray of a mended limb there is a lump not a straight bone as before. The 3rd time I broke my leg it took 10 months to mend properly as a bone becomes solid after a break - hence there was minimal blood to cause a clot. there you go...

Angela C
Yes they will. But they heal quickest and best when set back into the shape and line they are meant to be in.

Yes they can but unfortunately they heal quite clumsily sometimes and you might end up with a bend in your leg where there wasn't one before!
My dad broke his leg and let it heal on its own. It healed fine but not particularly straight!

They do, as you can imagine its hard to bandage some parts of the body. We only use plaster casts to keep the bone in alinement, the bady its self does the healing. Have heard about people though where the bones rejoin in the wrong place and they have to have them broken and reset. OUCH!

They do in most cases. All the hospital does is set the bone and then secure it (eg with plaster or a pin) so that it heals in the correct position.

Memo HG
yes they always heal by themselves..but bad healing=deformity

Broken bones can heal by themselves .... but the breaks need to be set right by a doctor in order to increase faster and correct healing.

Nasrin S
That's what they do inside a plaster cast, isn't it?

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