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How to Stop a Nosebleed

Although nosebleeds can look gory, they can usually be stopped in about five minutes if you know how.

Instructions

  • : If your nose is still bleeding after 30 minutes of applying consistent pressure, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Step 1: Pinch With your thumb and index finger, firmly pinch the entire soft part of your nose just above the nostril.
  • Step 2: Tilt Sit or stand, and lean your head slightly forward, and breathe through your mouth.
  • TIP: Always keep your head above your heart when you have a nosebleed –never lie down.
  • Step 3: Hold Hold this position for 5 minutes. If bleeding persists, continue holding this position for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Step 4: After stopping Once the bleeding has stopped, moisten a clean tissue and wipe away any dried blood from below your nose. Then, wrap ice in a towel and apply it to your nose and cheeks until the bleed has completely stopped.
  • TIP: If you get frequent nosebleeds, try running a humidifier in your bedroom at night.
  • Step 5: Avoid triggering a recurrence Refrain from picking or blowing your nose for a day or two after a nosebleed, or you could trigger the bleeding again.
  • FACT: Nosebleeds are more common in the winter months, when people are more exposed to dry, warm air from heaters.

You Will Need

  • Tissues
  • Ice
  • A towel

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