Treatment - nosebleed
To stop a typical nosebleed, sit down and gently squeeze the soft portion of the nose between your thumb and finger (so that the nostrils are closed) for about 5-10 minutes. Lean forward to avoid swallowing the blood and breathe through your mouth. Wait at least 5 minutes before checking if the bleeding has stopped. Almost all nose bleeds can be controlled in this way if sufficient time is allowed for the bleeding to stop.
It may help to apply cold compresses or ice across the bridge of the nose. DO NOT pack the inside of the nose with gauze.
For more information, see nosebleeds . For other nose emergencies or nosebleed injuries, see nose emergency first aid.
A nosebleed is loss of blood from the mucous membranes that line the nose, most commonly from one nostril only.
Nosebleeds are very common. Most nosebleeds occur because of minor irritations or colds. They can be frightening for some patients but are rarely life threatening.
The nose has an abundant supply of tiny blood vessels, which makes it easy for the nose to bleed. Air moving through the nose can dry and irritate the membranes lining the inside of the nose. The lining develops crusts that bleed when irritated by rubbing, picking, or blowing the nose.
The lining of the nose is more likely to become dry and irritated from low humidity and dry environment, allergic rhinitis, colds, or sinusitis. A deviated septum, foreign objects in the nose, or other nasal obstruction may cause also cause nosebleeds. A direct impact to the nose can also cause a nosebleed.
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