Treatment & Prevention of Nosebleeds

How to Stop a Bloody Nose:

  1. Go to the sink, blow out all blood clots. You will need to blow SEVERAL times until there is a fine, consistent trickle of blood draining from the nose.
  2. If you have AFRIN nasal spray (or the generic version), squirt 2-3 big sprays in each nostril.
  3. Sit comfortably and pinch both nostrils just above the tip of the nose with two fingers. Hold this pressure for 10 FULL MINUTES by the clock. While you are holding pressure apply a light icepack to the bride of the nose and/or upper face.
  4. If the nose continues to bleed after ten minutes, repeat this entire process.
  5. If this fails to control the bleeding, go immediately to the nearest emergency room or contact the office.

How to Prevent Re-bleeding once the Bleeding has been stopped:

  1. DO NOT PICK OR BLOW YOUR NOSE FOR 7 DAYS. A little sniffling is okay.
  2. Keep the inside of the nose moist using OCEAN SPRAY nasal spray and an over the counter Antibiotic/First aid ointment or AQUAPHOR ointment.
  3. Use the ocena spray regularyl, 2 puffs to each nostril 3 times per day.
  4. Use the ointment by applying on the tip of a Q-Tip to the inside of each nostril 2 times per day.
  5. Do not strain, exercise or bend over pt pick up heavy objects for 1 week.
  6. Keep your head higher than the level of your heart.
  7. Be sure to eat fruits, vegetables and other fiber that will prevent constipation and straining associated with bowel movements.

What to do if Re-bleeding occurs:

  1. First repeat all steps listed above.
  2. When to call the doctor or go to a hospital emergency room:
  • • If bleeding keeps recurring.
  • • If bleeding is rapid, blood loss is large and bleeding can not be stopped as outlined above.
  • • If you feel faint, weak or pass out from the blood loss.
  • • If bleeding is persistently down the pack of your throat instead of the front of the nose.
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