First Aid Tips: Nosebleeds
Based on a module by
Fred Mednick from the
Connexions website’s Health
Introduction by Dr. Don
Continuing our series
on First Aid Tips, this article provides a useful overview of what to do if you
or someone with you suffers a nosebleed. --Don Rose
Typical causes of nosebleeds include:
- Nose injury.
- Strenuous activity.
- High blood pressure.
- Exposure to high altitudes.
- Blowing one’s nose too hard.
Here are some tips for reducing the negative effects of a
- Lie down (or help the person with a
nosebleed lie down).
- Lean slightly forward to prevent blood
from running into the throat.
- Place cold, wet cloths on the nose in
order to constrict the blood vessels in the nose and stop the bleeding.
- If blood is coming from only one nostril,
press firmly at the top of that nostril.
- If both nostrils are bleeding, pinch
nostrils together for at least 10 minutes.
- If bleeding continues, apply pressure for
another 10 minutes.
- If the bleeding is the result of direct
injury to the nose, only gentle pressure should be applied.
- If heavy bleeding persists or if
nosebleeds recur frequently, consult a physician.
If you are alone, experiencing a nosebleed, and cannot stop the bleeding (or the
situation seems to be getting worse), the safest action is probably to go to the
hospital or call 911. If you are not near a phone, cannot get to a phone or
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