What to Do When You Have a Nosebleed
Bleeding from one or both nostrils can have a number of different causes – blowing too hard, sneezing, picking the nose, air-pressure changes, sinus infections or high blood pressure. Occasionally some type of blood disorder may be the cause, and sometimes there may be no apparent cause for a nosebleed at all.
Nosebleeds are a common complaint which are very unlikely to lead to complications. Most attacks stop within an hour.
1. Loosen any tight clothing around the neck.
2. Sit in a chair with your head slightly forward and pinch the nostrils together. Stay like that for at least ten minutes.
3. Breathe through the mouth. Do not swallow, spit, cough or talk. Have a bowl close by to catch any dripping blood.
4. After ten minutes, release the nostrils gradually. If the bleeding has stopped, sit quietly for a while, and do not blow your nose again for at least three hours.
5. If the bleeding starts up again, squeeze the nostrils together for a further ten minutes.
6. If the bleeding still continues after about an hour, see a doctor or go to the Accident and Emergency Department of your local hospital. You should also see a doctor if you lose so much blood that you become pale or dizzy.