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5 ways to stop bleeding nose

by Vea Gaygon

Nose bleeding or Epistaxis in medical term is common to both  children and adults. The nose consists of many blood vessels and  bleeding commonly occurs when the vessels inside the nostrils are  ruptured.

Factors and possible causes:
- Dry weather
- Injury to your nose
- Picking your nose
- Repeated sneezing
- Sinus infection
- Blowing your nose hard
- Bleeding disorders

Most  bleeding that is minimal and lasts for a few minutes is considered  minor and can be managed at home. However, frequent nose bleeding might  be a sign of a more serious problem.

Ways to stop nose bleeding:

  1. Sit and lean forward.
  2. Ask  the patient to breathe through the mouth and apply direct pressure by  pinching nose just below the nose bridge for 10 minutes.
  3. You may also apply a cold compress over the bridge of the nose.
  4. Advise the patient to avoid blowing the nose, and avoid straining and exertion.
  5. If bleeding persists, reapply pressure for another 10 minutes.

Seek  immediate medical help if the bleeding lasts for 20 minutes or more, or  if it occurs after an injury. In addition, a very serious sign to watch  out for when a nosebleed follows a head injury is a thin and watery  bleeding. It may indicate that cerebrospinal fluid is leaking around the  brain.

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