Nosebleed

A nosebleed can be caused by many things, including:

  • Getting hit hard in the nose.

  • Infections.

  • Dry nose.

  • Colds.

  • Medicines.

Your doctor may do lab testing if you get nosebleeds a lot and the cause is not known.

HOME CARE

  • If your nose was packed with material, keep it there until your doctor takes it out. Put the pack back in your nose if the pack falls out.

  • Do not blow your nose for 12 hours after the nosebleed.

  • Sit up and bend forward if your nose starts bleeding again. Pinch the front half of your nose nonstop for 20 minutes.

  • Put petroleum jelly inside your nose every morning if you have a dry nose.

  • Use a humidifier to make the air less dry.

  • Do not take aspirin.

  • Try not to strain, lift, or bend at the waist for many days after the nosebleed.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Nosebleeds keep happening and are hard to stop or control.

  • You have bleeding or bruises that are not normal on other parts of the body.

  • You have a fever.

  • The nosebleeds get worse.

  • You get lightheaded, feel faint, sweaty, or throw up (vomit) blood.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.