How to stop a nosebleed
Most nosebleeds can just be stopped at home but if nosebleeds are not stopping, you need to see the doctor immediately.
The possible first aid procedures or home remedies that can be used to stop a nosebleed are;
- Lean forward slightly and tilt your head forward. Then you can breathe through the mouth. This will help in preventing blood from draining back into the sinuses and throat.
- Stay upright and relaxed and do not lie down or put your head between your legs because this can worsen the bleeding. Staying upright and relaxed will help in reducing blood pressure in the nasal blood vessels and thus discourage further bleeding.
- Pinch the soft part of the nose that is just above the nostrils for 10 – 15 minutes. Remember to be sitting straight while doing this. This will help in reducing the circulation of blood in the nostrils and eventually, the nosebleeds will stop.
- Place an ice bag (wrapped in a towel) on the bridge of your nose and the cheeks too. This will help in reducing the blood pressure and can help in stopping the bleeding. But there is no real scientific explanation as to how this works.
- Blow your nose gently to clear any blood clots in the nose. In some cases, this may worsen the bleeding but it eventually stops.
Those are the appropriate natural remedies for a nosebleed.
In some cases, the nose bleed can be worse and you might not get the required results after applying the home remedies. At this point, try getting in touch with your doctor immediately.
Actually, you need to see the doctor if;
- The nose bleeding doesn’t stop even after the first aid procedures
- You suspect to have lost a lot of blood
- You swallow a lot of blood that causes you to have nausea and vomit
- You experience breathing difficulty
- A child, especially under 2 years of age
- If you are taking blood-thinning medicines
- You have regular nosebleeds that come and go
The best position for stopping a nosebleed is leaning forward to stop blood from flowing back into the throat. You can also sit in an upright position and pinch the soft part of the nose right above the nostrils.
There are several foods that are believed to be able to help in blood clotting mechanisms and thus help in preventing nosebleeds. The foods that can be added to a diet to help in stopping or preventing nosebleeds are; apple cider vinegar, Vitamin C rich foods, and Vitamin K foods.
After a nosebleed stops, you are advised to get enough rest and avoid any strenuous work at that particular time. You can also take plenty of fluids and eat a healthy diet. All these precautions will help in reducing any possibility of another nosebleed occurring.
If your nosebleed doesn’t seem to stop or you experience a heavy nose bleeding and lose a lot of blood, there is need to worry. Also, if you experience recurring nosebleeds most often, there is possibility of an underlying problem and therefore you need to seek medical assistance.