Today’s Health Tip ~ 6 Steps to Stop a Bloody Nose

How To Stop a Bloody Nose

  1. Sit up straight – Either sit down or stand with your head bent forward slightly.” And no, you shouldn’t tip your head back.
  2. Use a nasal spray – If you happen to have an over-the-counter nasal decongestant(oxymetazoline or phenylephrine), you can spray it into your nose on the side that’s bleeding.
  3. Apply pressure – You’ll need an extra tissue for this one, just in case. As the blood vessels are located near your nostrils, apply firm pressure to the sides of your nose (not the bridge) — as though you were pinching your nose shut. You should be gently pinching the soft sides of your nose, just above your nostrils.
  4. Wait for the bleeding to stop – Keep the pressure for at least 10 to 15 minutes before checking to see if the bleeding has stopped. Patience is key here — set a timer and sit tight. And don’t relieve pressure before the time is up to check, as you may restart the bleeding.
  5. Try ice – If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after 15 minutes, apply an ice pack or cold compress to the bridge of your nose, which can constrict the blood vessels and help bring the blood flow to a stop.
  6. Keep calm – If you’re still bleeding at the 20-30-minute mark, it’s time to talk to a medical professional.


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