Nose — 22 April 2014
What To Do Prevent Nosebleeds and Stop Them When They Occur
  1. Don’t pick your nose. That may have started it or will make it worse once you are bleeding.
  2. Don’t stop it with wadded tissues up your nose. Depending on how soft your tissue is, it could be just further scraping your nostril lining.
  3. Pinch your nostrils. Most nosebleeds happen near the front of your nose so firmly hold your nostrils together for five or ten minutes. Don’t rub or twist.
  4. Keep your house air moist. Many nosebleeds start because dry air irritates your tine blood vessels in your nasal lining and breaks them open.
  5. Leave the bridge of your nose alone. The blood vessels that usually bleed are not on the bridge of your nose. That just irritates the bone.
  6. Don’t tip your head back. That just causes the blood to run down your throat and can irritate your stomach. Instead lean slightly forward.
  7. Saline or Vaseline® may help. If you regularly spray some saline into your nose when it feels dry or gently apply a bit of petroleum jelly, you can avoid drying out the lining of your nose.
  8. Don’t put pressure on your neck or apply cold to your nose. Some say their grandma told them to put a cold compress on their nose or pressure the back of their neck. Doesn’t really help. Sorry, grandma.
  9. Use nasal decongestant if need to stop the bleeding. If your nose hasn’t stopped bleeding after 10 minutes, applying nasal decongestant may help because it restricts the blood vessels.
  10. If bleeding still won’t stop, get help. A nosebleed that exceeds 20 or 30 minutes needs a doctor or emergency room care. Or if the bleeding is so heavy, you feel dizzy then you’ve lost too much blood.

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