You don’t have to be a doctor to know something more about first aid, and you can pretty easily find yourself in a situation when you will have to help a close friend or any person that may need some medical help.
Sometimes just being on the right place can save someone’s life. Nosebleed may not be a life-threatening condition, but it sure is quite unpleasant.
Read this article and learn more about the first aid advices you can use if you need to treat a bleeding nose.
1. Sit upright and lean forward. By sitting you will reduce the pressure on the veins in the nose. This reduces the bleeding, and by leaning forward you would avoid swallowing the blood that may irritate the stomach.
2. Press your nose using the thumb and the index finger, and make sure you do it strong enough to block the air flow. Breathe through the mouth. Hold your nose like this for 5-10minutes. This trick usually stops the bleeding.
3. To prevent the nose from bleeding again, after the previous has stopped, do not touch or blow your nose for a few hours after the bleeding.
4. If your nose still starts bleeding again, blow it well to get the blood clots out. Spray some decongestant containing oxymetazoline. Then apply the previous techniques to stop the bleeding.
Call for an emergency medical help in these cases:
– The bleeding lasts longer than 20 minutes
– If the bleeding is a result of a fall or a head injury, including injuries from a fight, when you may have broken your nasal bone.
Be sure to consult your doctor in cases of common nosebleeds. Your condition may require a cauterization of a blood vessel. Cauterization is a technique in which the blood vessel is burned with electricity, silver nitrate or a laser.
Sometimes your doctor may fill your nose with a special gauze or latex balloon to apply some pressure on the blood vessel and stop the bleeding.