Are you looking for information on how to treat a bleeding nose? If so, read on. Nosebleeds can be very messy and inconvenient, but by following these steps you can hopefully bring your experience to an end. If you ever do have a nosebleed or need to look after someone who is experiencing one, make sure the person with the nosebleed doesn’t tilt their head back. Tilting the head back can lead to blood running down the back of the throat and the blood being swallowed. If blood is swallowed, the stomach may become irritated and vomiting can occur. The vomiting can worsen the nosebleed and even make it start again after it has stopped. Blood that has collected in the mouth should be spat out rather than swallowed.
Need to know how to treat a bleeding nose?
Continue reading for more tips on how to treat a bleeding nose. The soft part of the nose should be pinched with the thumb and forefinger. Most nosebleeds occur in the soft area. It’s possible to stop nosebleeds by using special nasal sprays then applying pressure, though you will need to breathe via the mouth if you follow these steps. You should pinch for ten full minutes without stopping to try and make the nosebleed end. If blood is still emerging after ten minutes, hold for another ten minutes. The vast majority of nosebleeds end after 10-20 minutes of direct pressure. An ice pack applied to the nose and cheeks can constrict blood vessels and end bleeding.
Once the bleeding has stopped, try not to blow your nose or put anything inside it for 12 hours at least. Crying can worsen nosebleeds, so if you’re looking after a crying child, try to calm them down and stop the tears. If you have more than 4 nosebleeds in a week after taking steps to stop them, you should consult your GP. You also need to speak to a medical professional if your nose does not stop bleeding after 20 minutes of direct pressure or if your nosebleeds start to become particularly severe or frequent.
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If you have had an accident like a slip or trip that caused bleeding and it wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you. We have vast experience when it comes to helping people who have become injured because of other people’s negligence and recklessness. To find out more, call 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile).