How to Prevent Nose Bleeds
Besides from an injury, nosebleeds can be caused by low humidity in your
home or office, colds and allergies, low levels of vitamin K, chronic
sinusitis, medications (especially aspirin and blood thinners), high
altitudes, excessive heat and blowing or picking the nose, and is a
possible symptom of hypertension.
In younger people, especially, nosebleeds occur when blood vessels at the
front of the septum - the cartilage that divides the nose - which are
thin and fragile, rupture. Nosebleeds can also occur after trimming nose
hairs. The stubs that remain can irritate the lining of the septum
especially when washing one's face or applying pressure when blowing the
1If you are prone to nosebleeds, check the humidity in your house, and
increase it to the normal range. Keep the heat low (60-64 degrees) in
2Keep nostrils moist. Take a shower and breathe deeply to get moisture
into your nose. A saline solution spray will also help.
3Limit blood thinners. Aspirin, vitamin E, Commanding, heparin, garlic,
ginger and ginseng are blood thinners. If you must use blood thinners,
inform your doctor about the nosebleeds.
4Daily consumption of citrus fruit can help eliminate recurring
nosebleeds. The bioflavonoids (a class of antioxidants) found in the
fruit, seem to help with the prevention. Bioflavonoids help strengthen
the blood vessels which makes them less likely to rupture. Take 500 mg of
bioflavonoids twice a day if you do not eat several servings of fruit
5Avoid foods that may give you a severe allergic reaction, such as milk
6Putting a few drops of castor oil, vitamin E or zinc oxide in your nose
each day will prevent recurring nosebleeds.
7Avoid spicy and fried foods
8Don't scratch your nose very hard, especially if the inside is
sensitive, or your nose is very dry.
9If you trim your nose hairs, consider plucking the hairs entirely
opposite the area that tends to bleed. This must be done at least
Use an ice pack on the nose. Cold causes blood vessels to constrict,
reducing blood flow, swelling and inflammation.
Stay quiet for a few hours after the bleeding has stopped as exertion may
cause the bleeding to start again.
Don't blow your nose for at least twelve hours after the bleeding has
First words of wisdom: "Don't lie down!" Always keep your head elevated
and above your heart. Breathe through your mouth.
Sit up straight and tip your head slightly forward. Tilting the head back
may cause the blood to run down the throat.
Press your finger between your lip and gum, pressing upward against the
nose. Variations of this remedy are to place a rolled up piece of a brown
paper bag, paper towel or gauze, a dime, or a tree leaf in the same
position. There is a blood vessel that runs under the upper lip, and
these techniques cut down the blood flow and allow the blood to clot.
Using almost the same technique as above, press the outside of the upper
lip just below the nose with your thumb and forefinger and hold for
several minutes. This is a vital acupressure point in traditional Chinese
For some, pinching the bridge of the nose helps close off the blood
vessels. Using a cold compress or ice helps, as the blood vessels
constrict faster. This should stop the bleeding in 3-5 minutes.
After your nosebleed has stopped, use a cotton swab to apply an
antibiotic ointment to the inside of your nose. This will kill bacteria
and keep your nose moist. Reapply several times, especially before
bedtime, for several days.
An ice pack or cold compress on the back of the neck is another remedy.
Pressure on the back of the neck restricts flow of blood to the head.
Drink plenty of water!
Never put petroleum jelly in your nose. Instead, use a saline solution
Call your doctor:If you have blood flowing from both nostrils.
If the bleeding hasn't stopped after 30 minutes of pressure.
If blood runs down the back of your throat even when the nose is pinched.
If the nose is deformed from an injury.
If nosebleeds reoccur several times during the day, or for several days
in succession. This could be a symptom of a serious underlying ailment.
If blood comes from the corner of your eye (tear duct).
If you also experience chronic nasal blockage.
If you have lost an excessive amount of blood.
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How to Unblock Your Nose
How to Pick Your Nose Inconspicuously
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