What to do during Nose Bleeds


Reasons behind nose bleeds:

1. Injuries:
  • Nose picking
  • Impact to nose due to accidents (car crash, got punched, ran into things)
2. Pathological Changes (body illness):
  • Hematologic disease, liver disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries in the elderly and so on.

What to do during nose bleeding?

During nose bleeds, sit up straight and lean you head forward slightly. Squeeze your nostrils together (strongly) with your thumb and index finger. Breathe with your mouth. You can also place an ice pack on your nose. Release your hand after 15 minutes, your nose should stop bleeding. If it continues, you should seek medical advice immediately.

Can I lie down and place ice pack on my head?

No. This is rather dangerous. As you lie down, your blood will flow backwards into your stomach. This may cause vomiting and without knowing how much you are bleeding. Also there is no pressure in reducing bleeding at your nasal mucous membrane. Ice pack must be placed on our nose to be effective.

Should I remove the blood clots immediately after?

You should not try to remove blood clots immediately as doing so might cause further bleeding (injuries to your blood vessels in your nose are sealed with these blood clots). You should wait 1-2 days before cleaning out the blood clots with wet towel or wet cotton swab, or by a doctor.

How to prevent nose bleeds?

  • Have patience in your treatment if you have allergic rhinitis, chronic rhinitis, or sinusitis.
  • Clean your nasal cavity with nasal irrigator.
  • Prevent from picking your nose.
  • Don't rub or blow your nose excessively.
  • Open your mouth when you sneeze to reduce pressure.