What remedies or medications can you take to prevent nosebleeds?
The most common cause of a nose bleeds is drying of the nasal membranes. If a person is prone to recurrent or frequent nosebleeds, it is often helpful to lubricate the nose with an ointment of some type. The ointment can be applied gently with a Q-tip or fingertip up inside the nose, especially on the middle portion (the septum).
Many people use remedies for nosebleeds such as
- A + D ointment,
- methylsalicylate/menthol (Mentholatum, BenGay, Icy Hot),
- neomycin/bacitracin/polymyxin (Neosporin ointment), or
- Saline mist nasal spray is often helpful (Ocean Spray).
Nosebleeds in children may be prevented by ensuring children do not pick their nose.