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How to Stop a Nose Bleed

Updated on July 11, 2015
Ice can help soothe a nose bleed.
Ice can help soothe a nose bleed.

The nose has a soft interior and can start bleeding for several reasons. Picking and dehydration are usually the responsible culprits for causing blood to run from the nostrils, but it can also happen if you get punched!

To avoid and lessen such situations from occurring, here are few tips to consider on how to stop a nose bleed:

Sit and position yourself

As soon as you see blood oozing from your snout, sit on your chair with a flat back and lean forward. Don’t move backwards as it will allow blood to move down your throat. Use tissues or cloth to stop the blood immediately.

Plug your nose

Use your thumb and apply pressure to the side of your nose to plug the nostril. Press gently to close the nose. After sometime, release the pressure to allow blood to flow through. This is the best and most appropriate way to handle the situation.

Use an ice pack and get some rest

An ice pack is an instant solution to control the rise in body temperature. Use ice on your spine or forehead to keep it cool and calm. It’s better not to start work soon after a nose bleed. Take some rest. Give yourself time to sit and stay calm for few moments.

Remember the importance of water.
Remember the importance of water.

Avoid frequent cleaning

Try to avoid cleaning nostrils with your fingers. It will worsen the effected parts and irritate your nostrils even more. Alternatively, you should try to clean the external parts of your nose with warm water to remove blood stains.

Use breathing exercises

Use slow breathing exercises. Press the left part of the snout with a finger and inhale from the right nostril. Similarly, exhale from the left part by pressing the right part. Repeat the procedure four to five times. The inner parts will get moisture and you can breathe normally.

Drink water and use a humidifier

If blood goes down your throat, drain it by drinking water. Dehydration and body heat are the two main reasons behind bleeding. Increasing fluid levels will curb body temperature and provide moisture inside nostrils. If it’s become chronic, humidify your room to control levels of dryness and humidity. Humid environments are best for keeping body parts like nostrils healthy and free from dryness.

A humidifier can help reduce dryness.
A humidifier can help reduce dryness.

Visit a nose specialist

In case you suffer from frequent bleeding, or it doesn’t stop in half an hour, visit a GP or an ENT specialist immediately to seek his advice. If it gets really out of hand you may have to resort to special medication for immediate relief. That is why it is important to visit your doctor if the problem persists.

Avoid spicy or oily food and use home remedies

Food made in hot spices and oil can increase dryness or escalate body temperature, consequently resulting in problems. For frequent situations like these, make a mixture of eucalyptus oil and water. Use a dropper to put one or two drops in your nostrils to ease nasal tissues. Eat plenty of fruit and drink more fluid in the hotter months. Drink plenty of water every day.

There are several different methods you can follow if you want to know how to stop a nose bleed. Remember, “precaution is the best cure.” Staying in a healthy and good environment will maintain body temperature to adequate levels. Above all, try to avoid falling into an altercation with someone that could result in a bloody nose from a vicious right hook!

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    • Mel Carriere profile image

      Mel Carriere 21 months ago from San Diego California

      I don't suffer from nose bleeds, but this is good information to know in the event of. Great hub.

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      Nancy Mitchell 20 months ago from Bend, OR

      No one in our family gets frequent nose bleeds, but I've certainly known kids who do. This will help me in the future to know what to do. I did know, however, not to put your head backwards like we always did when I was a kid! Great information!

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