Bleeding from the nose is most commonly caused by excess drying of the nose, frequent blowing of the nose, rubbing, falls or blows to the nose. There are a number of things that can be done at home to care for a nose bleed. These consist of the following:
Have the person sit up and lean forward so that the blood is not swallowed.
*To stop the bleeding, put your thumb and first finger over the nostrils on each side of the nose and lightly squeeze. Continue squeezing for 10 minutes straight. Don’t let go to look if the bleeding has stopped since you are squeezing the veins in the nose until the blood clots in the vein and the nose bleed stops.
*G ive the person a cup so they may spit out any blood that drains into the back of their throat.
*Breathe through your mouth when trying to get the bleeding to stop.
*If applying pressure fails to stop the bleeding, try it again. Hold it more firmly for a repeated 10 minutes.
*Dip a cotton swab in Vaseline and gently swirl it inside the nose 2 times a day and at bedtime to help with any dryness or irritation.
*Use a cool vaporizer at night in the bedroom to make the air moist.
*You should contact a doctor if:
*The nose bleed was caused by a severe injury to the nose.
*If you can’t stop the bleeding within 20 minutes of direct pressure.
*You think the nose may be broken.
*The victim passed out when the nose was injured in a fall or a blow.
Additional helpful information:
*Nose bleeds are common because the tiny vessels in the nose easily break.
*Nose bleeds which occur from being hit may mean the nose is broken or there is a potential head injury.
*A cold washcloth placed on the forehead, back of the neck, or under the upper lip will not stop a nose bleed.
*Another method for keeping the air in the house moist is by placing bowls of water around the room.