Nosebleeds are a common occurrence, both in children and adults. Their causes
vary. Usually, a nosebleed is not a serious problem; however, a nosebleed which
cannot be controlled within a short period of time is very serious, and can even
become life-threatening. Follow these general guidelines (absent contrary
instructions from your doctor due to your particular health situation). When in
doubt, contact your physician.
- Gently blow your nose, then sit up and lean your head
forward, not backward. While you breath through your mouth and lean forward,
pinch your nostrils using your thumb and index finger. Hold your nose shut for
five full minutes. Time yourself so you know when time is up.
- If your nosebleed continues, spray a nasal decongestant
directly into the affected nostril(s). Pinch your nose shut for another five
- Go to the emergency room if you can't stop the nosebleed
with the aforementioned 10 minutes of pressure, or if the bleeding is
primarily running down the back of your throat.
- Once the bleeding stops, avoid blowing your nose or bending
over for at least 12 hours.
- DO NOT PANIC. It looks like a lot of blood, but usually isn't.
- Do not attempt to pack your nose with cotton or gauze. If appropriate, this should and will be done by a physician.
- Frequent nosebleeds should be reported to your doctor. They may signal a more serious problem.
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