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When should you get medical help for a nose bleed?

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You should get medical help right away for a nose bleed if:

  • You’re injured or go through something traumatic, like a car accident.
  • There’s more blood than you expect for a nose bleed
  • It affects your ability to breathe.
  • The bleeding lasts longer than 20 minutes, even when you apply pressure.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Nosebleeds: When to see a doctor.”

KidsHealth.org: “Nosebleeds.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Should Your Child See a Doctor? -- Nosebleed.”

University of Utah Health Care / The Scope: “ER or Not: Nosebleed.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 7, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Nosebleeds: When to see a doctor.”

KidsHealth.org: “Nosebleeds.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Should Your Child See a Doctor? -- Nosebleed.”

University of Utah Health Care / The Scope: “ER or Not: Nosebleed.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 7, 2019

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