Nosebleed Home Care
Home care for a nosebleed:
- How to stop a nosebleed:
- Pinch the nose firmly for 15 minutes without letting go. Make sure you are pinching the nose below the nasal bone.
- Sit upright: do not lie down.
- Breathe through your mouth.
- Drink cold water to clear blood from your throat.
- Seek medical care if the bleeding does not stop.
- Do not remove blood clots from your nose once the bleeding has stopped.
- Do not blow your nose for at least 2 days.
- Do not take aspirin for one week after the nosebleed.
- Avoid drinking hot liquids.
- Stop smoking.
- Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
Nosebleed Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have a nosebleed and any of the following:
- Nosebleed that last longer than 20 minutes
- Treatment with blood thinner medication:
- Vomiting blood
- Easy bleeding
- Excessive bruising
- Blood in the stool:
- Pale skin
- Rash looks like broken blood vessels under the skin surface
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