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Learning To Handle Nosebleeds


by Hector N. Hernandez, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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.

How to stop a nosebleed

  1. 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.

  2. If your nosebleed continues, spray a nasal decongestant directly into the affected nostril(s). Pinch your nose shut for another five minutes.

  3. 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.

  4. Once the bleeding stops, avoid blowing your nose or bending over for at least 12 hours.

KEEP IN MIND

  • 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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