Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bloody Nose Treatment

Most nosebleeds can be treated successfully at home by pinching the nose firmly for 15 minutes while sitting upright. Drinking cold water can clear blood from the throat. A persistent nosebleed may require treatment with a nasal anesthetic, nasal decongestant, nasal packing, and nasal cautery. Treatment for a nosebleed caused by an injury often includes cold compresses and pain medications.

Those with lacerations may require wound care, wound cleansing, tetanus vaccine, and facial wound repair. Some nasal injuries may require surgery to realign a nasal bone fracture.

Treatment options for a nosebleed includes:

Bloody Nose Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat nosebleeds:

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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