Nosebleeds: Correct Treatment Makes a Difference
A nosebleed is bleeding from the tiny blood
vessels inside the nose and may be caused
by sneezing, nose-picking, strong nose
blowing or trauma. As the colder winter
months arrive, furnaces are used for heat and
the air you breathe is drier. This drier air
can be a trigger for nosebleeds.
Tips to Prevent Nosebleeds:
Keep the lining of your nose moist during
the dry cold weather
ξ Use nasal saline spray several times
ξ Gently rub a small amount of
Petroleum jelly (Vaseline™) into
each nostril using a q-tip (do not
insert q-tip further then the cotton on
To Treat a Nosebleed:
ξ Tilt your head forward so blood will
not run down the throat.
ξ Firmly pinch the soft part of the nose
and keep the pressure on for a full 10
minutes. Do not stop and look to see
if the bleeding stopped during this 10
minute period. Repeat the 10
minutes of pressure if the bleeding
ξ If available, hold an ice pack on the
bridge of the nose to help tighten the
ξ If a nosebleed continues after two 10
minute periods of continuous
pressure, call your doctor or go to the
nearest emergency room.
ξ Stay calm.
ξ Most nosebleeds are not serious and
easily dealt with. Sit down when
treating a nosebleed. Don’t lie down
as this will allow the blood to flow
down the back of the throat and
ξ Don’t stick anything into your nose
(such as tissues) to stop the bleeding.
ξ Keep the lining of your nose moist
for 2 weeks following a nosebleed
and the nosebleed will be less likely
ξ Call your clinic or doctor’s office if
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