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Storm in a tea cup: The downside of a hot drink. This week: Nosebleeds

Steam can cause weakening of small blood vessels

THE lining of the nose contains tiny blood vessels that lie close to the surface and can be easily damaged.

Steam can cause these vessels to expand, leading to weakening or rupturing, says Henry Sharpe, a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.

Waiting for a drink to cool so there is no steam will help prevent this, and if you have had a nose bleed recently, avoid hot drinks for at least 24 hours to allow blood vessels to settle down.

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