First Aid For A Nosebleed

Causes of Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds may be caused by:

  • When the lining of the nose breaks
  • Extremely dehydrated nasal tissue
  • Picking or knocking the nose
  • Blowing or chafing the nose with force
  • Putting a foreign item in the nose
  • Tumors in the nose

Risk Factors

Most anterior nosebleeds end without medical assistance within 15 minutes. Posterior nosebleeds generally are more severe and require medical care.

Most anterior nosebleeds end without medical assistance within 15 minutes. Posterior nosebleeds generally are more severe and require medical care.

Factors that might increase your possibility of nosebleeds

  • Abnormality in the structure or tissues in the nose
  • Dry temperature
  • Sinusitis
  • Colds
  • Allergies
  • Using cocaine
  • Problems with clotting
  • Extremely high blood pressure

Phoning Your GP

Phone your GP if:

  • There is a substantial amount of blood
  • The bleeding is continuous
  • The bleeding is a result of an injury
  • You experience regular nosebleeds

Treatment

Most anterior nosebleeds end without medical assistance within 15 minutes. Posterior nosebleeds generally are more severe and require medical care. Treatment might consist of closing off the vessel that is bleeding.

Self-Care

  1. Remain calm.
  2. Sit straight and lean forward.
  3. Squeeze the spongy parts of your nose collectively. Pinch for at least 5 minutes without letting go of the pressure.
  4. Once the bleeding ends, do not blow or pick your nose.
  5. Don’t strain, bend, or lift the nose.
  6. If the bleeding continues again, apply pressure again for 10 minutes.

Prevention

To help decrease your possibility of getting a nosebleed:

  • Lubricate dehydrated nasal passages. Put a tiny dab of lubricating cream on your finger. Place the cream inside the nose.
  • Apply a saline nasal spray. These assists to keep the nasal passages wet.
  • Try to avoid picking your nose. Children’s fingernails should be cut short

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