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Tips On How To Stop And Prevent Nosebleeding

How to stop bleeding

  • Sit in an upright position and pinch on the lower end of the nose (the soft fleshy part) for 5 to 15 minutes without releasing. When the bleeding has stopped, breathe through the mouth. Do not blow or clear clots for the next 4 hours.
  • If the bleeding continues after you have released pressure, firmly pack both of your nostrils with some gauze dabbed with antiseptic/antibiotic ointment and see a doctor at once.
  • Sniff a little bit of yarrow powder or cayenne pepper. Open up yarrow capsules if powder form is not available.
  • Continuous bleeding for more than 15 minutes is a medical emergency. Get a doctor’s attention immediately.
  • If bleeding re-occurs often, see a doctor at once.

How to prevent bleeding

  • Open your mouth when sneezing.
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to a dry environment.
  • Stop nose pricking.
  • If dry air is causing nosebleeding, moist nose with tea tree oil or liquid Vitamin E (or petroleum jelly like vaseline) using a cotton wick every night before bedtime.
  • Strengthen blood vessels with vitamin C (2000-3000 mg) or bilberry extract.

Chapter: Nosebleed :: 4 August 2007

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