How do you stop a nosebleed?
Start by having the victim sit in a chair and lean the head slightly forward. This will prevent any blood from going down the back of the throat.
Just like any bleeding injury, you only need direct pressure by pinching the soft part of the nose just below the cartilage using your thumb and forefinger to stop a bloody nose. This will put enough pressure on those fragile capillaries to control the bleeding. These tiny capillaries clot very easily, but you must maintain constant pressure for 5-10 minutes.
An ice pack on top of the nose and cheek can also help control bleeding, swelling, and pain if there has been any trauma to the nose.
What you should NOT do.
DO NOT LIE DOWN. This can cause blood to be swallowed which can lead to choking, nausea, and vomiting.
DO NOT PICK OR BLOW YOUR NOSE.
DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN. This could only cause more bleeding because aspirin is a blood thinner.
So again, pinch the nose, lean forward, and breath through your mouth. Hold the pressure for 5-10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, release the pressure and see what happens. If it’s still bleeding, repeat the process.
If it’s still bleeding after repeating the process 2 times, this is the time to call your doctor or seek for medical help.
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