The Dos and Don'ts of Treating a Nosebleed

Fagjun | Published 2017-04-01 08:06

People can give you a lot of advice on treating a nosebleed. Some may work, some may not. Some advice may be no more than old wives' tales. In any case, when a nosebleed appears, there are a few things that you should and should not do.

The Dos of Treating a Nosebleed

Keep your head upright

When many of us get nosebleeds, one of the first things we do is to tilt our heads back. Have you ever wondered how that would help? It's not like the blood will go back into our veins. In fact, it can send blood down our throat instead, which may make us choke. The blood can also irritate our stomachs should it reach that far.

It's best, therefore, to keep your head upright until the nosebleed subsides.

Pinch down on the bottom of the nose

Do you remember the last time you got a nosebleed, or the last time you witnessed someone else get a nosebleed? When people get nosebleeds, we often pinch down farther up the bridge of our nose, close to our eyes. Apparently, this is completely ineffective at treating a nosebleed.

The better thing to do is to pinch down nearer the nostrils. This will block the nasal passages. Pinch down until you have to breathe through your mouth. Hold for a few minutes, then slowly release your nose. This follows a basic first aid guideline of applying pressure directly on the area that's bleeding.

Keep your nose tissue hydrated

Depending on where you live, the air may become dry during certain seasons. Dry air, especially dry air indoors, can cause a nosebleed to happen. If your nose tissue isn't dried out, there are fewer chances that you'll get a nosebleed.

To combat dry air, you can use a saline spray for your nose. Saline sprays can also be used for children and babies.

Another way to combat dry air is to get a humidifier for your home. Of course, you'll need to clean the humidifier regularly to make sure that it works well.

The Don'ts of Treating a Nosebleed

Smear petroleum jelly on the inside of your nostrils

As a child, you may have experienced the so-called “Vaseline cure”. This “cure” entails applying petroleum jelly on the insides of your nostrils either with a finger or a cotton swab. Unfortunately, this cure has been scientifically proven to be ineffective at treating a nosebleed. In fact, not only is it ineffective, it can damage the inside of your nostrils as well, especially if you're not careful.

Put ice packs on the neck

This is another thing that you may have experienced as a child when you got nosebleeds. However, it's also ineffective. It doesn't actually do any harm, but it doesn't do any good either. It's better to spend the time and effort on things that are actually effective at treating a nosebleed instead of something that will just make your neck feel cold.

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