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Stop a nose bleed bleeding for five minutes

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Nose bleed reasons:

nasal congestion or nasal dryness, ^ blood pressure, excessive use of decongestants, being at ^ altitude, trauma to nose, nose picking, or blowing the nose hard.
Bacterial & viral infections can ^ risk as well as bleeding disorders. Recurrent nose bleeds may be due to broken vessel in the nose. Alcohol / cocaine abuse can cause nose bleeds, as can tumors.

In brief: Nose bleed reasons:

nasal congestion or nasal dryness, ^ blood pressure, excessive use of decongestants, being at ^ altitude, trauma to nose, nose picking, or blowing the nose hard.
Bacterial & viral infections can ^ risk as well as bleeding disorders. Recurrent nose bleeds may be due to broken vessel in the nose. Alcohol / cocaine abuse can cause nose bleeds, as can tumors.
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Dr. Michael Wolfe
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: First

First thing to do is pinch the soft part of the nose for 10-15 minutes without looking (that could allow repeat bleeding that will flush out the clot).
Pinching the upper, bony part of the nose or the upper lip does nothing. There are no blood vessels there that lead to a nose bleed. If that does not work then get a bottle of afrin (oxymetazoline) and spray both sides of the nose with 2 big sprays--this is a vasoconstrictor that shrinks the blood vessels temporarily (never use afrin more that 3 days in a row--read the instructions). You may need to blow your nose before the afrin is sprayed to clear out excess blood and clot that will block it from getting where it is needed. After the afrin, pinch the nose again for 10-15 minutes. You can repeat this again. If it is still bleeding, you may need medical attention. Once it stops, do not blow your nose. Frequent nose bleds are common, especially in the winter, but there are a number of problms that cause nose bleeds that should be evaluated. So if you keep getting the bleeds, see a physician.

In brief: First

First thing to do is pinch the soft part of the nose for 10-15 minutes without looking (that could allow repeat bleeding that will flush out the clot).
Pinching the upper, bony part of the nose or the upper lip does nothing. There are no blood vessels there that lead to a nose bleed. If that does not work then get a bottle of afrin (oxymetazoline) and spray both sides of the nose with 2 big sprays--this is a vasoconstrictor that shrinks the blood vessels temporarily (never use afrin more that 3 days in a row--read the instructions). You may need to blow your nose before the afrin is sprayed to clear out excess blood and clot that will block it from getting where it is needed. After the afrin, pinch the nose again for 10-15 minutes. You can repeat this again. If it is still bleeding, you may need medical attention. Once it stops, do not blow your nose. Frequent nose bleds are common, especially in the winter, but there are a number of problms that cause nose bleeds that should be evaluated. So if you keep getting the bleeds, see a physician.
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