First aid

Updated 19 November 2014

What do when in the case of a nosebleed

Do you suffer from the odd nosebleed? Common causes include nose-picking and forceful nose-blowing, dry climate, colds and allergies, injuries to the nose, and high altitude.

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Do you suffer from the odd nosebleed? Common causes include nose-picking and forceful nose-blowing, dry climate, colds and allergies, injuries to the nose, and high altitude.


Take action:


To stop a nosebleed: sit and lean forwards to prevent blood from running down your throat; firmly pinch the soft part of your nose, just below the bridge, for five minutes while breathing through the mouth; if bleeding does not stop, hold the position for a further 10 minutes; try not to blow or pick your nose for 24 hours afterwards; if you feel the need to sneeze, do so with your mouth open; sleep with your head elevated and avoid exercise for a day after the nosebleed.

Read more: First aid for severe bleeding

 

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