How to Handle Nose Bleeding

An occasional nosebleed can be alarming, but there is no need to panic, calm down and handle it in the right way.

1. Tilting slightly forward, not back and keeping your head above your heart will slow the bleeding and prevent the blood going down the throat or going into the stomach, which irritates the stomach and causes you to vomit.
2. Using your thumb and index to pinch the low part of your nose just below the bony bridge. Use your fingers to hold the soft tissue as well as the bone of your nose for at least 5 minutes.
3. Placing an ice pack over the bridge of your nose to constrict the blood vessels and help stop bleeding.
4. Releasing the pressure to see if the bleeding has stopped, after 5 minutes. If not, repeat Step 2 for 10 minutes. Repeat for another 10 minutes if necessary.
5. Going to see a doctor if a bloody nose doesn’t stop after the second or third try. If at any time, you feel lightheaded, dizzy, or weak, call 911.
6. After the bleeding is controlled, do not bend over or blow your nose. Otherwise, bleeding may start again.

Some nosebleeds may indicate serious medical problems. Contact a physician if you are suffering from frequent or hard-to-control bloody nose.

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