• Nose Bleeds: First Aid

    Nose Bleeds: First Aid

    Self-care steps for occasional nosebleeds include:

    • Sit upright and lean forward, this will help you avoid swallowing blood, which can irritate your stomach.
    • Pinch your nose to shut, even if only one side is bleeding. Continue to pinch for 5- 10 minutes. This will puts pressure on the bleeding point and often stops the flow of blood.
    • If the bleeding doesn’t stop, repeat these steps for up to a total of 15 minutes.
    • Don’t pick or blow your nose and don’t bend down for several hours, after the bleeding has stopped.
    • Avoid smoking and smoking areas.

    Talk to your doctor if you’re having frequent nosebleeds (more than once a weak), even if you can stop them fairly easily. It’s important to determine the cause of frequent nosebleeds.

    Seek emergency medical care if nosebleeds:

    • After an injury, such as a car accident
    • Involve a greater than expected amount of blood
    • Interfere with breathing
    • Bleeding continues after  10 minutes of compression
    • Occur in children younger than age 2
    • If you are a senior citizen.
    • If you are on Aspirin or any blood thinner.

    Note: Don’t drive yourself to an emergency room if you have lost or you’re losing a lot of blood, have someone drive you.