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FIRST AID tips: NOSEBLEEDS


Most people lean back when they have a nosebleed, but that’s not the correct way to treat this ailment.

Stop the bleeding

  • Sit up straight and lean forward slightly. Firmly pinch the nose with your thumb and index finger. Apply pressure for five minutes—and don’t cheat every few minutes to see if the bleeding has stopped. After five minutes, if your nose is still bleeding, repeat the process.

Monitor the situation

  • Don’t blow your nose for the next few hours, and try to keep your head higher than your heart to prevent another nosebleed. If bleeding starts again, blow your nose to remove any blood, then try spraying with a nasal decongestant. Pinch your nose again for five to 10 minutes.

See a doctor

  • If unable to stop nosebleed.

  • If you’re on blood thinners or suffered a severe blow to the head.

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Sources: Mayoclinic.com and Webmd.com. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor with any questions regarding a medical condition.

 

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