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First Aid For Nose Bleeding - Kit, Home Care, What to Expect

By Dr. Ritu Sabharwal in Emergency & Trauma

Feb 14 , 2022 | 1 min read

Nosebleed is a common occurrence of haemorrhage from the nose when the blood drains out from the nostrils. Among children and young adults, nosebleed usually originates from the septum. The septum separates your nasal chambers.

Nosebleed begins spontaneously and is often difficult to stop. It requires a specialist's help. Blood can also drip into the back of the throat or down into the stomach causing a person to spit up or even vomit blood.

When to Rush to the Doctor after nose bleeding

  • The bleeding lasts for more than 20 minutes
  • The nosebleed follows an accident, a fall, or an injury to your head, including a punch in the face that may have broken your nose
  • Dizziness, weakness, confusion, fainting, irregular heartbeat
  • Paleness, shortness of breath.

Home Care Tips for Nose Bleeding

  • Sit upright, lean backward to discourage bleeding
  • Spit out any blood to avoid swallowing
  • Apply pressure on the bridge of the nose
  • Breathe through your mouth. Continue for 5 to 10 minutes to stop bleeding
  • Avoid bending forward or blowing your nose to prevent re-bleeding
  • Apply ice as it constricts arteries to reduce bleeding
  • Seek medical help

A First-Aid Kit for Nose Bleeding Should Include

  • Sterile Adhesive Bandages in Assorted Sizes
  • Sterile Gauze Pads of Different Sizes
  • Adhesive Tape & Band-aid
  • Cotton Buds & Cotton Roll
  • Latex Gloves
  • Thermometer
  • Scissor
  • Safety Pins
  • Sterile Saline/Distilled Water