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A 49-year-old female asked:

What's the best way to treat a bloody nose?

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Dr. Joshua Batt
Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
Pressure and time: It depends on where the bleed is coming from; the front vessels or the back. Tilt the head forward to avoid swallowing blood, put steady pinching pressure on the bridge of the nose just below the bony ridge. Heavy bleeds that do not stop may need to be treated by a doctor with cautery or nasal packings. http://www.cfpc.ca/uploadedimages/resources/resource_items/patients/nose.jpg.
Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Lean forward, pinch: While nose bleeds can often bleed impressively, it is rarely as bad as it looks, if a bit embarrassing. Lean forward to keep the blood from dripping into your mouth and stomach (and making you sick). Pinch your nose and hold it for 5+ minutes. If that doesn't work add ice back and continue as above. Then go to er or urgent care where it can be packed or cauterized.
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Hold on tightly: Sit up, lean forward and put your chin on your chest. Grab the fleshy part of your nose and pinch the fleshy part against your face between your thumb and forefinger (like a clothespin). Squeeze tightly for 15 minutes and this should stop most bleeds. Do not blow your nose after this maneuver or you will blow the clot off and it will bleed again. If the bleeding doesn't stop see an md.

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San Francisco, CA
A 49-year-old female asked:

What's the best way to treat a bloody nose?

3 doctor answers19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joshua Batt
Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
Pressure and time: It depends on where the bleed is coming from; the front vessels or the back. Tilt the head forward to avoid swallowing blood, put steady pinching pressure on the bridge of the nose just below the bony ridge. Heavy bleeds that do not stop may need to be treated by a doctor with cautery or nasal packings. http://www.cfpc.ca/uploadedimages/resources/resource_items/patients/nose.jpg.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the best way to stop a bloody nose?

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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Pressure and Time: Holding pressure on the nose for an extended period of time will stop most bloody noses. In rare circumstances this will not work and you may need a more invasive fix.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what's the best way to stop a bloody nose?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Nose bleeds: If your nose bleeds hold your nostrils between your fingers for about 10 minutes. Sit up and hold your head & neck forward so the blood doesn’t just flow down your throat. If you are able to do so – place a moistened cotton ball over the area that is bleeding. If you can’t control the bleeding after 20 minutes – seek medical assistance.

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