Nosebleeds are common for a variety of reasons. Some people get nosebleeds after nose surgery such as rhinoplasty, septoplasty or turbinectomy. Others get nosebleeds from the trauma of nose fracture during sports or work. It is even possible to get a bleeding from the nose because of high blood pressure, and with use of drugs.
If you get a nosebleed…
DON’T panic! Excessive excitement will raise your blood pressure and worsen the bleeding.
- Pinch the soft part of your nose between your thumb and index fingers for about 5 minutes.
- Take two pain pills (No aspirin or anti-inflammatory pills).
- Wash your face and neck with cool water. Stay in a cooler place and don’t drink anything warm.
- Don’t lie down or put your head down. In fact, keep your head elevated so that blood doesn’t rush to your head.
- Refrain from coughing, sneezing, retching, or blowing your nose.
- If nasal bleeding continues, or keeps re-occurring, call your doctor immediately.