Nosebleeds can be frightening, but they aren’t usually a sign of anything serious and can often be treated at home.
Bleeding usually occurs from only one nostril. If the bleeding is heavy enough, the blood can fill up the nostril on the affected side and overflow within the nasopharynx, spilling into the other nostril to cause bleeding from both sides.
Pinch The Nose
According to Top 10 Home Remedies, this is the easiest way to stop a nosebleed. Pinching the nose sends pressure to the bleeding point in the nasal septum, which helps stop the flow of blood immediately.
- Sit up straight with your head tilted slightly forward. Tilting the head backwards can actually be very dangerous and lead to vomiting.
- Pinch the soft part of your nose below the bony bridge.
- Do this for 5 to 10 minutes. Breathe through your mouth.
- Release the pressure gently and sit quietly for 5 minutes.
- Repeat as necessary until the bleeding stops.
Note: Do not lay flat, tilt your head back or put your head between your legs. Also, do not blow your nose.
Onions have a blood clotting agent and are rich in both vitamin c and bioflavonoids that strengthen damaged blood vessels.
Method 1: Cut an onion into thick slices. Press 1 slice under your nose and inhale. The bleeding will stop within minutes.
Method 2: Put 2 or 3 drops of freshly extracted onion juice in each nostril. Repeat as needed.
How Stuff Works indicate that ice is helpful for stopping bleeding, constricting the blood vessels, and reducing inflammation (if the nose is injured).
Place crushed iced into a plastic zipper-type bag and cover with a towel. (A bag of frozen vegetables works fine, too.) Place the compress on the bridge of the nose and hold until well after the bleeding stops.
If the bleeding eventually stops, you won’t usually need to seek medical advice. However, in some cases you may need further treatment from your GP or in hospital.
Seek medical advice if:
- A child under two years of age has a nosebleed
- You have nosebleeds that come and go regularly
- The bleeding continues for longer than 20 minutes
- The bleeding is heavy and you’ve lost a lot of blood
- You’re having difficulty breathing
- You swallow a large amount of blood that makes you vomit
- The nosebleed developed after a serious injury, such as a car crash