NOSEBLEEDS

Nosebleeds can look scary, but are very common.

 

Bleeding can be:

  • from one or both nostrils
  • heavy or light
  • last from a few seconds to over 10 minutes

Nosebleeds happen when the tiny blood vessels in your nose burst, due to a variety of disturbances like digging your nose, blowing your nose too hard, dry climates, irritation from foreign objects in the nose, being hit in the face, allergies, infections, alcohol or drug use, etc.

 

HOW TO TREAT AT HOME

  • Sit down and lean forward
  • Using your thumb and index finger, pinch the nose just above the nostrils
  • Breathe through your mouth
  • Continue until the bleeding stops, usually after 10 minutes
  • If the bleeding continues, hold for another 10 minutes and suck on some ice cubes
  • If your nose is injured, place ice pack (wrap a bag of ice in a towel) on your nose bridge

 

SEE YOUR GP IF:

  • Your nosebleed recurs for no apparent reason

 

GO TO THE A&E IF:

  • Nosebleed that does not stop after 20 minutes
  • Nosebleed is caused by injury to the nose, like being hit in the face by a fist or object
  • You are experiencing heart failure