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    Nosebleeds Treatment

    1. Stop the Bleeding

    • Have the person sit up straight and lean forward slightly. Don't have the person lie down or tilt the head backward.
    • With thumb and index finger, firmly pinch the nose just below the bone up against the face.
    • Apply pressure for 5 minutes. Time yourself with a clock.
    • If bleeding continues after 5 minutes, repeat the process.

    2. Call a Health Care Provider

    See a health care provider immediately if:

    3. Medical Treatment

    • The health care provider may use specialized cotton material, insert a balloon in the nose, or use a special electrical tool to cauterize the blood vessels.

    4. Follow Up

    • Broken noses often are not fixed immediately. The health care provider will refer the person to a specialist for a consultation once the swelling goes down.
    • The person should avoid strenuous activity; bending over; and blowing, rubbing, or picking the nose until it heals.
    • The nostrils should be kept moist with a water-based lubricant or by increasing the humidity in the home.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 23, 2015

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