Although nosebleeds can be a common occurrence, there are cases when the bleeding may require a visit to a doctor. Most people can stop nosebleeds at home, however.
Read on for tips on how to stop a nosebleed. We also cover when to see a doctor.
When treating a nosebleed, remain calm and do not panic. It may feel like a lot of blood, but a nosebleed is not usually a cause for concern.
To stop a nosebleed, follow these steps:
- Sit and lean slightly forward, allowing the blood to exit the nose and drip downward. Keep the head above the heart.
- Gently blow out any mucus from the nose.
- Pinch the soft portion of the nose, just below the harder cartilage, with the thumb and index finger. Continue holding the pressure for 5 minutes. Breathe through the mouth during this time.
- Let go of the nose after 5 minutes. If the bleeding has not stopped, hold for another 5 minutes and check again. Continue this process for up to 20 minutes.
- Apply a cloth-covered cold compress to the nose to reduce inflammation and the likelihood of the bleeding starting again.
After a person’s nosebleed has subsided, they should avoid activities that could make it come back, such as picking or blowing the nose.