We've all been there. You finish a grueling workout, and suddenly you notice that your body is bleeding in strange places. Maybe it's your nose, maybe it's your ears, maybe it's even your eyes (okay, hopefully not). But why does this happen? Is it something to be concerned about? And what can you do to prevent it from happening again?
Red Alert: Nosebleeds Happen More Than We'd Like
Nosebleeds are one of the most common types of post-workout bleeding. They're also pretty freaky if you're not used to them (and sometimes even if you are.) So what causes them?
Well first off, let's take a closer look at the inside of our noses. There are lots of little blood vessels in there called capillaries. When we exercise vigorously - especially activities like weightlifting or high-intensity interval training - our blood pressure increases significantly.
This extra pressure can cause those delicate capillaries to burst and bleed into our nasal passages (ouch!) Sometimes applying direct pressure with an ice pack or towel while tilting the head back can help staunch the bleeding (phew) but if the issue persists then consult with medical professionals as recurrent nose-bleeding could indicate underlying issues such as hypertension.
But here's another surprise factor: apparently genetics plays a role sometimes folks' anatomy predisposes them toward regular bloody discharge after heavy exertion so nobody panic!
Eargh! Inner Ear Damage Is Rare But Possible
Another place where some people experience surprising post-workout bleeds is inside their ears; when they sweat profusely during intense exercises and/or wear tight-fitting headphones for extended periods of time when working out over time leads to moisture accumulation producing scabs on ear sacks which may perforate , causing some sensitivity until healed.
As mentioned, inner ear damage is not common but it does happen; When you exercise too hard or rapidly shift movements and fluid build-up inside can force the delicate eardrum to rupture,- which in turn causes bleeding. If you suspect eardrum rupture consider a trip to the primary care doctor as healing may require some preventative measures be taken promptly.
Is It Ever Okay To Bleed From Your Eyes?
Now for perhaps one of the most alarming types of post-workout bleeding - yes we’re talking about eyebleeds (WTHEEEE ?!) . While relatively rare...
Thankfully, eye-bleeding is actually pretty rare, but it’s important that anyone experiencing such contacts their physician immediately because untreated issues could be extremely detrimental.
In summary its essential that individuals demand accountability from themselves when committing physical exertion especially if they already are cognizant , susceptible or have a prior history of recurring sensitive wounds.
Outlined below are some effective ways which can help reduce our risk of nose, ear and other associated injuries:
Opt For Less Intense Workouts
It's worth noting that intense workouts like weightlifting or high-intensity interval training put more pressure on your body than more moderate activities like walking or biking. So if you're prone to nosebleeds (or other types of bleeds), it might be worth dialing back your intensity level just a bit. But speak with qualified medical practitioners beforehand!
Keeping yourself adequately hyrdated throughout intense exercises sessions is also imperative since this helps maintain blood flow & reduces clumps formations within veins while sustainng quenched capillaries / soft tissues around facial extremities thereby assisting regular nasal moisture conversion minus risk of ruptures/tearing
Stretch Before And After Working Out
Let us stress sound stretching routines before and after working out as paramount to aches and injuries prevention; it helps to gradually acclimate the body towards upcoming activity thereby reducing sudden strain on organs, limits inflammation and promotes blood gushing.
Check Your Equipment
Equipment malfunctions or improper use is also an offender when it comes to bloody workout sessions. Be sure that you're using equipment correctly, and check frequently for wear-and-tear damages beforehand, especially with instances of tight fitting clothing/accessories as these can cause pressure points around sweat-sensitive areas.
So there you have it - post-workout bleeds in all their (sometimes gruesome) glory. While they might seem like cause for concern initially , practicing precautionary measures such as proper hydration, correct equipment usage plus effective post-activity relaxation routines will significantly decrease your chances of experiencing such surprises during active endeavors . Remember everyone's tolerance level varies so be careful not too push yourself too far beyond acceptable range while wanting to stay injury-free which may then lead into more serious harm down the line.Finally a disclaimer: This article (let alone this writer 🙂 ) does not replace seeing qualified doctors!.Cheers!