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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: meet sandhu, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

I experienced nose-bleed twice within a month. And as far as I know about the cause, it was dryness caused by the radiators in winter. We should keep our sinuses lubricated with oil. Regular oiling your nostrils can prevent nose bleed. Staying cool and hydrated in winter is mandatory as well.

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Comment from: Tink, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I am now having nosebleeds again, after not having them since childhood. I've tried many things and been to the emergency room. Here's the best, easiest and fastest way to stop them. Use the 'thumbs up' method. Raise your thumb on the side that's bleeding, then press thumb inward to mash that nostril flat against the septum. Hold firmly 10 minutes straight. Slowly release to allow blood flow to return. Repeat if needed. Even kids can do this.

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