The following tips may reduce your risk
for developing nosebleeds.
Use saltwater (saline) nose drops or a
Avoid forceful nose-blowing.
Do not pick your
nose or put your finger in your nose to remove crusts.
lifting or straining after a nosebleed.
Elevate your head on one or
two pillows while sleeping.
Apply a light coating of a moisturizing
ointment, such as Vaseline, to the inside of your nose.
use of aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, may be used
to relieve pain. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
Use prescription blood thinners, such as warfarin (such as Coumadin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), and clopidogrel (Plavix) as instructed by your doctor.
Do not use nonprescription antihistamines,
decongestants, or medicated nasal sprays. These medicines can help control cold
and allergy symptoms, but overuse may dry the inside of the nose (mucous
membranes) and cause nosebleeds.
Keep your blood pressure under
control if you have a history of
high blood pressure. This will help decrease the risk
Do not smoke. Smoking slows healing. For more
information, see the topic
Do not use illegal
drugs, such as cocaine or amphetamines.
Make changes in your home
Humidify your home, especially the bedrooms.
Low humidity is a common cause of nosebleeds.
Keep the heat low
[60 °F (16 °C) to
64 °F (18 °C)] in sleeping areas.
Cooler air does not dry out the nasal passages.
Breathe moist air,
such as from a shower, for a while if your nose becomes very dry. Then put a
little moisturizing ointment, such as Vaseline, inside your nostrils to help
prevent bleeding. But do not put anything inside your nose if your nose is
bleeding. Occasional use of
saline nasal sprays may also help keep nasal tissue
Prevent nosebleeds in children
Keep your child's fingernails trimmed, and
Caution children not to put any object in
In this article
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 25, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this