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How can you stop a nosebleed?

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  • 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.

From: Nosebleeds Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

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 .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

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 .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

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