Stopping a Nosebleed - Topic Overview
After you have stopped a
nosebleed, the following tips may prevent a nosebleed from happening
- Avoid forceful nose-blowing.
not pick your nose.
- Avoid lifting or straining after a
- Elevate your head on pillows while
- Put a thin layer of a saline- or water-based nasal gel, such as NasoGel, or an antiseptic nasal cream inside your nose.
- Do not
use aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as
ibuprofen or naproxen for 3 to 4 days. Acetaminophen, such as Tylenol,
may be used to relieve pain. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label. Talk to your doctor about stopping any medicines
you are currently taking.
- Do not use nonprescription
antihistamines, decongestants, or medicated nasal sprays.
Nosebleeds may develop in people who have colds or
chronic hay fever symptoms (postnasal drip, sneezing, or a runny, stuffy, or
itchy nose) because nasal tissues become inflamed and irritated. Using
medicines may relieve the symptoms, leading to less inflammation and irritation
and fewer nosebleeds. But overuse of allergy medicines may lead to nosebleeds
because of their overdrying side effects. If you have a lot of nosebleeds, talk
to your doctor about the proper use of cold and allergy medicines.
If you are helping someone else stop a nosebleed, avoid touching the
other person's blood. Use gloves, if available, or layers of fabric or a
plastic bag to protect yourself.