How Do You Stop Nosebleeds?


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Sit up and lean forward slightly, pinch the soft part of the nose, and hold for 10 minutes to stop a nosebleed, according to WebMD. An ice pack on the nose and cheeks helps restrict blood flow. Medicated nasal spray may also help to stop the bleeding.

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How Do You Stop Nosebleeds?
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Staying in an upright position with the head slightly forward keeps blood from running down your throat, notes Cleveland Clinic. Blood down the throat can cause diarrhea, vomiting or nausea. Lying down or placing your head between your knees is not recommended. If you use medicated nasal sprays for bleeding, administer it before you apply pressure, and follow the instructions on the package.

Hold a washcloth or tissue over your nose as you pinch gently. If the bleeding doesn't stop after 10 minutes of pressure, continue pressing on the nose for an additional 10 minutes. If the bleeding doesn't stop after 20 minutes of pressure, Cleveland Clinic recommends seeking medical care.

After the bleeding stops, use caution so the bleeding doesn't start again. Avoid blowing your nose or straining for several hours or days after the nosebleed. A coating of petroleum jelly or antiseptic nasal cream can add moisture to the nose to prevent additional bleeding, notes WebMD.

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