Mayo Clinic: Are recurring nosebleeds anything to worry about?
I seem to have them more often lately. Whatís the best way
to stop a nosebleed quickly?
people experience a nosebleed at one time or another. They
tend to happen more often in younger children and older
adults. Bleeding often results from a cold, a sinus infection,
dry air, a scab being dislodged or use of certain medications,
such as nasal steroids. Occasional nosebleeds are nothing to
worry about and are not dangerous. But, you may want to talk
with your doctor if they are becoming regular and are
nosebleeds are easily treated with a few simple steps. First
of all, make sure you sit up. This decreases the pressure in
the veins of your nose, which slows the flow of blood. Leaning
slightly forward will help you avoid swallowing blood. Very
gently, blow your nose once or twice to remove any clotted
blood. Next, pinch the front, soft part of your nose with your
thumb and index finger, and breathe through your mouth. Do
this for about five minutes. Pressure should stop the flow of
blood. Repeat for 10 minutes, if needed.
the bleeding from starting again, donít pick or blow your
nose for a few days, and donít strain or bend down for
several hours. Seek prompt medical care if the bleeding
resulted from a head injury or accident, or if it doesnít
stop after 30 minutes.
prevent future nosebleeds, keep the interior lining of your
nose moist. Regularly apply petroleum jelly inside your nose
using a cotton swab up to three times each day. Saline nasal
spray also can help moisten dry nasal membranes. Using a
humidifier to moisten the air in your home can be helpful, as
have reoccurring nosebleeds, talk to your doctor about steps
you can take to avoid them. Your doctor may want to take a
closer look at your nasal passages or refer you to an ear,
nose and throat specialist. If you are on a blood thinner,
your doctor may recommend adjusting the dose.