How to Stop and Prevent Nose Bleeds

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How to Stop and Prevent Nose Bleeds

The dryer, cooler winter months are a common time for nosebleeds to occur. When it comes to nosebleeds, there are two types: anterior and posterior. Anterior nosebleeds are the most common, and occur when the bleeding is coming from the blood vessel at the front of the nose. Posterior nosebleeds occur most often in elderly people, and occur when the artery in the back of nose starts to bleed. If you are someone who frequently endures nosebleeds, read on for some tips on how to stop and prevent them.


When it comes to preventing nosebleeds, there are some tips you can follow. Patients can use saline nose drops, spray, or nasal gel to keep the nasal cavity moist. Avoiding forceful nose-blowing and elevating your head on pillows while sleeping can also help. Also, limit your use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, and nonprescription allergy medications that could dry out the inside of the nose.  Nosebleeds can be prevented and may not need nose & sinus treatment.

You can also make changes in your home to help prevent nosebleeds from occurring. Keeping the heat lower in sleeping areas and humidifying bedrooms can prevent drying out the nose.

How to Stop a Nosebleed

So, what do you do when you are dealing with a nosebleed? First, you should sit up straight and slightly tip your head forward. Unlike popular belief, you should not tilt your head back, since this can cause you to swallow the blood, which can cause vomiting. Then, pinch your nose shut for about 10 minutes. Spraying your nose with a medicated nasal spray before pinching it can also help to stop the bleeding. Nosebleeds commonly only last for 10-20 minutes when the nose is under direct pressure. After your nose has stopped bleeding, apply a layer of saline gel to the inner nose, and avoid strenuous activities.

If you are interested in learning more about nosebleeds or other nose and sinus issues, contact Alabama Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists in Tuscaloosa today to schedule an appointment.  For more information, visit our blog page.

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