We all know that a bloody nose’s blood is worse than its bite.
It’s more of a nuisance than anything else, as any one who had to care for a kid or about family safety knows.
The thing is, most people think they know how to stop nose bleeds.
But many of them are doing it wrong.
When you get a nose bleed, do you instinctively tilt your head back so the blood doesn’t get every where?
You see actors do it all the time, so it must be correct, right?
Well, gravity being gravity, that blood is going to have to go somewhere.
And in this case, it’ll end up in your stomach. When enough of it pools in the tummy, it may make you feel sick and you may feel like throwing up.
The act of throwing up is very likely going to make the nosebleed worse.
Here are a few things that you can do to get that nose bleed to stop faster.
Some may work better than others for you, so feel free to mix and match. You may note that the steps on how to stop nose bleeds are similar to stopping bleeding in general.
- If it is a minor bleed, consider plugging up the nostril that is bleeding with an absorbent material to help with clotting. Leave it alone for 20 minutes without fussing it. Go read a book or watch a movie – just make sure not to lie down or the blood will head to your stomach.
- For more serious nose bleeds, apply pressure to the soft part of the nose for about 10 minutes, making sure you are leaning forward. Resist the urge to peek. If the clotting has not stopped, continue for another 10 minutes – alternate hands so that constant pressure can be maintained.
- If you have an icepack, put it on the cheek and over the side of the nose that is bleeding. The cold will constrict the blood vessels and help to slow the bleeding.
- Spray the nose with a medicated nasal spray, like Afrin, before pinching the bridge of the nose. This may help stop a nosebleed faster. You will have to get used to breathing through your mouth.
- Apply a small amount of a moisturizing ointment, like Vaseline, or an antiseptic nasal cream inside your nose. Avoid blowing your nose or put anything else inside your nose for at least 12 hours after the bleeding has stopped.
When to worry about a nosebleed
The one time you should be concerned about a nose bleed is when it starts in the back of the nose and involves both nostrils.
Large amounts of blood may run down the back of the throat.
This type of nosebleed is less common among children and may occur more frequently in older adults because of pre-existing health conditions they may have. They will medical treatment to help control this type of nosebleed.
So now you know how to stop nose bleeds like a boss.
The only thing you need to do now is to start working out so you can refine your pinching technique!