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Stopping a nosebleed

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These steps from the NHS are great for stopping nosebleeds.
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The following steps that should be taken in order to stop a nosebleed were obtained by the British National Health Service (NHS) and are approved by healthcare specialists associated with this government service.

  • Sit down and firmly pinch the soft part of your nasal cavity, just above your nostrils, for 10 minutes.
  • Lean forward and breathe through your mouth; this will drain blood down your nose instead of down the back of your throat.
  • Stay upright, rather than lying down, as this reduces the blood pressure in the veins of your nose and will discourage further bleeding.
  • Maintain the pressure on your nose for up to 20 minutes (time this on the clock) so that the blood clots.
  • Place a covered ice pack on the bridge of your nose.
  • Avoid blowing your nose, bending down and strenuous activity for at least 12 hours after a nosebleed. Try to keep your head above the level of your heart during this time.

If your nosebleed does not stop contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

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