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How do you stop the common nosebleed?

Most people who develop nose bleeding can handle the problem without the need of a treatment by a health-care professional if they follow the step-by-step first aid recommendations below on how to stop a nosebleed:

  1. Pinch all the soft parts of the nose together between the thumb and index finger.
  2. Press firmly toward the face - compressing the pinched parts of the nose against the bones of the face.
  3. Lean forward slightly with the head tilted forward. Leaning back or tilting the head back allows the blood to run back into the sinuses and throat and can cause gagging or inhaling the blood.
  4. Hold the nose for at least five minutes. Repeat as necessary until the nose has stopped bleeding.
  5. Sit quietly, keeping the head higher than the level of the heart. Do not lay flat or put your head between your legs.
  6. Apply ice (wrapped in a towel) to nose and cheeks.
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Comment from: John Anthony, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 20

For me Mom's solution almost never fails in 30 to 60 seconds, and I have had nosebleeds all my life. Just blow your nose on the side of the bleeding to get the excess and warm blood out that prevents clotting. Then immediately press your index finger on the outside of the nose where the bleeding is occurring for a minute or so, until clotting takes place and bleeding stops. After this, when cleaning, do not pick your nose.

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Comment from: djn, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 15

I had nosebleeds as a teenager, then nothing. When I turned about 40 I started getting massive bleeds. If you have them as a kid, they will likely reoccur later. I have been burned four times, nasal packing was routine for a while. The best solution for getting them stopped for me is Afrin, plus ice on the nose or on the roof of the mouth. That usually can control it till I get into the ENT. Prevention people, prevention, I use bacitracin daily on a Q-Tip, and lubricate both sides. Then I use a nasal spray a couple times during the day. If it is particularly dry out, I will spray some Afrin up there in the morning as a preventive measure.

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