Nose bleeds can be very annoying and messy, and they can occur at any time, usually without a warning. This condition is not considered a major problem, but it can be very unpleasant. Luckily, there are effective ways for stopping nose bleeding once it occurs:
- Lean forward with your head tilted up and remain in this position for several minutes. It is important to keep your head on a higher level than your heart. This position will usually stop the nose bleed. Once bleeding is over, stay in the same position for two more minutes.
- Pinch your nose with your thumb and index finger and press it gently but firmly towards your face.
- Place ice on your nose. This should constrict the blood vessels and make the bleeding stop. If it doesn’t help, place ice on your cheeks as well.
- Resist the urge to blow your nose. There’s a lot of pressure you feel in your nose during a nose bleed, but blowing your nose will only make it worse. Not to mention it can make your nose start bleeding again.
- Seek medical help if bleeding lasts for more than twenty minutes. Nose bleed is usually not a major concern, but make sure to get a professional evaluation and help.
To prevent future nose bleeds you should:
- Avoid being hit in the face. It’s easier said than done, but the nose is the most prominent part of your face and facial traumas, even minor ones, can result in your nose becoming hurt. Nose bleed is a common result of such traumas.
- Make sure your nose doesn’t dry out. Dry climate makes nasal chambers crack, which results in spontaneous nose bleeds. So try spending most of your time in rooms with normal temperatures.
- Don’t smoke and avoid areas where smoking is allowed. Smoking is generally a bad idea anyway, so you should avoid it at all costs.
- Same goes for alcohol abuse, which is harmful and it can worsen your nose bleed.
- Don’t strain too much and don’t lift any heavy objects. Straining during bowel movement is also bad so try to avoid it.
- Don’t pick your nose: apart from being unhygienic and an apparent sign of bad manners, it can hurt your nose and make it bleed.
- Stay healthy. Various infections and even allergies can make your nose sensitive and prone to nose bleeds. Try your best to control the allergies.
- Stay away from any substances that can make your nose irritated.
- If you catch a cold don’t overuse medications because they can dry out your nose and make it bleed, especially in combination with frequent blowing.
- Get plenty of rest and sleep in a comfortable position. Make sure your head is elevated. Use two pillows if necessary.