Nosebleeds may look scary and painful, but they are a common ailment that many people experience. Nosebleeds often occur due to irritated nasal membranes or from trauma to the face (i.e., getting into a fight or getting hit by a ball). Usually, nosebleeds are not dangerous, but they can be a sign of a more serious condition if they occur frequently. If you happen to get a nosebleed, remember to stay calm and follow these steps to control the bleeding.
Things You'll Need
- Napkins or towels
Press your thumb against the bleeding nostril. Use your right thumb if the right nostril is bleeding or the left thumb if the left nostril is bleeding. Press firmly on the nostril until it is closed. You should not be able to breathe out of the closed nostril.
Lean forward. Lean your head forward to allow the blood to seep out from your nose. Catch the blood with a napkin or towel. Do not tilt your head back, as this will allow the blood to enter your throat. The blood may block an airway or irritate the stomach.
Place ice over the bridge of your nose. The ice will constrict your blood vessels, which will help to stop the bleeding.
Keep your thumb and ice on your nose for at least five minutes. Apply steady pressure to your nostril to stop the bleeding. Breathe through your other nostril or through your mouth.
Do not blow your nose once the bleeding has stopped. By blowing your nose following the nosebleed, you may release the clots and start bleeding again. Refrain from blowing your nose for at least 20 minutes.