If you’re on blood thinners or your nose won’t stop bleeding, you need to see a doctor. If you just have a run-of-the-mill nosebleed, follow these tips:
Don’t tilt your head back.
- This is a common misconception. Instead, you need to sit up straight, lean forward and pinch your nose for about five minutes. If you unpinch and it keeps bleeding, assume the position again.
Don’t blow it.
- If the bleeding stops, try not to blow your nose for a few hours after—that could make it bleed again. Instead, keep your head higher than your heart and use a nasal decongestant. If the bleeding does start up again, however, blowing your nose could help remove any dried blood: remember to pinch and lean forward again for another 5–10 minutes.