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

Sources

SOURCES:

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Nosebleed."

Cleveland Clinic: "Nosebleed (Epistaxis)."

Family Doctor: "Nosebleeds."

American Family Physician: "Information From Your Family Doctor: Nosebleeds."

Nosebleeds Information from eMedicineHealth.

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