September 23, 2009
Health Tip: Controlling a Nosebleed
Suggestions on what to do
(HealthDay News) -- If you get a nosebleed, don't panic. Many nosebleeds look worse than they really are, says the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Here's the academy's advice on steps to help stop a nosebleed:
- Sit down, and tilt your body forward slightly. Keep your head positioned above your heart, but allow the blood to drain from your nose, not down your throat.
- Use your thumb and index finger and gently apply pressure near the end of the nose, at the soft part.
- Hold your fingers in that position for at least five minutes, then check if the bleeding has stopped.
- If the nose is still bleeding, hold it for at least 10 minutes more without releasing.
- Place an ice pack or cold compress across your nose.
- Leave the nose alone once it stops bleeding, and don't blow your nose or bend over.