Have you ever had one of those embarrassing nose bleeds at one of the most inconvenient times? Like that time when your child has had a nose bleed in the middle of the store or of course when company is over. No matter when it happens, a nose bleed is no fun. People used to think just tipping your head back would stop a nose bleed, but other remedies have come around that prove to be more effective. Here are some ways on How to Stop a Bloody Nose in it’s tracks!
How to Stop a Bloody Nose
- Sit up Straight: Recent studies thought that lying down would stop a nose bleed, but in all reality, it just makes it worse by running down the back of your throat.
- Tilt your Head Forward: Instead of backward, you should tip your head slightly forward. Swallowing blood can irritate your stomach and cause vomiting that will make your nose bleed worse.
- Pinch Your Nose: You want to apply pressure to any wound, and that includes your nose. Using your forefinger and thumb, pinch the soft part of your nose closed (both nostrils). Remember to breathe through your mouth as you pinch your nose closed for about 10 minutes.
- Use an Ice Pack: Once you have pinched your nose, apply an ice pack or anything cold from your freezer. Cold restricts your blood vessels and helps them to clot faster.
- Check Your Nose: After 10 minutes of ice and pressure, check to see if your nose is still bleeding by gradually releasing the pressure and un-pinching your fingers. If your nose is still bleeding, continue pressure and ice for another 10 minutes. If not, take steps to prevent another nose bleed.
- Moisten Your Nose: Once your nosebleed has stopped, it’s important to put a thin layer of saline or nose gel into your nostrils. This will help soften the membranes inside your nose and help prevent further nose bleeds. Do not blow your nose for the next 12 hours.
It is important to take care of a nosebleed fast, yet effectively to prevent further nose bleeds. What other tips have worked for you at stopping a nose bleed?