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.