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What are the Best Ways to Stop Nasal Bleeding?

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  • Written By: K T Solis
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 05 July 2018
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Nasal bleeding is a common occurrence that affects both children and adults. When a person has a nosebleed, blood is discharged from the soft lining within the nose. In order to stop nasal bleeding, it's important to use the fingers to apply pressure to the nostrils.

When a person experiences a nosebleed, it can be a frightening experience. In most cases, nasal bleeding is harmless. It is often caused when the sensitive lining inside the nose is irritated by allergies and colds. On the other hand, nasal bleeding can result from elevated blood pressure or arteries that have hardened. This type of nose bleeding is excessive and requires medical attention.

In order to stop nasal bleeding, gently pinch the nostrils of the nose so that they stay closed. This should be done while sitting upright. Lean forward so that there is no danger of swallowing blood. Continue to apply pressure to the nose for ten minutes.

After ten minutes, release the nostrils to check if bleeding has stopped. Pinching the nostrils closed affects the nasal septum, the area where nose bleeding often originates. Applying pressure to the septum often staunches the blood flow.

Another good way to treat nasal bleeding is to applying a cold compress to the nose. No matter what method a person chooses, he or she should never lay down during a nosebleed. A person with a nosebleed should also refrain from blowing the nose when treating this condition.

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If nasal bleeding continues, the next step is to seek medical attention. Emergency care is required if the nosebleed lasts for more than 20 minutes; the nose may be broken or the person may have suffered a head injury. People who suffer from frequent nosebleeds need to see their doctor to determine if a more serious condition is the cause. Those who take aspirin, warfarin, or blood thinners should consult with their doctors as well, since these medications can cause nosebleeds.

There are ways to prevent nosebleeds as well. Using a humidifier to keep the air moist helps decrease the frequency of nostril bleeding. A saline nasal spray can also moisturize the nasal lining, leading to a reduction in nose bleeds. People who suffer from high blood pressure should strive to lower their blood pressure, as elevated blood pressure can cause nosebleeds.

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