It can be a scary sight when your nose starts to bleed for no reason at all. Nose bleeds is a common occurrence in children and adults. There are several reasons why your nose may bleed. These include the infection of the mucous membrane or an injury to the inside of your nose due to excessive nose picking. A sudden blow to your nose can also cause it. A bleeding nose may also be caused by the cold or extreme dryness. Blowing too hard when you have a cold may also cause your nose to bleed due to the damage to some capillaries. As long as the bleeding comes from the front of your nose, it is easy to treat it. There are various methods to stop a nose bleed. Take a look at some of them below.
- Keep calm when your nose starts to bleed. This will lower your blood pressure and prevent more blood flow to the head and increase the amount of blood coming from your nose. Breathe deeply through your mouth to take in more oxygen and help you to relax.
- If you have a cold especially during the rainy season and when the weather turns cold, do not hold back when you sneeze. Do not pinch your nostrils to prevent a loud sneeze. Doing so may cause damage to your eardrums as well as cause your nose to bleed due to the increased pressure. The best thing to do is to sneeze with your mouth wide open to relieve the pressure. Avoid taking aspirin when you have a cold or running a fever as aspirin is a blood thinner and may cause your nose to bleed easily from sneezing and blowing your nose.
- It is not advisable to tilt your head back when you get a nose bleed as this will cause you to swallow your blood. The best thing to do is to remain in an upright position to keep your head level and press your nostrils with your fingers for about five minutes until the bleeding stops. You can also insert rolled cotton or tissue paper into your nostrils to stem the flow of blood. It will only take a few minutes for the blood to stop flowing.
- Sometimes you get a nose bleed because the inside of your nose has become too dry due to the cold. Increasing the moisture level inside your nose will prevent you from having a nose bleed. A nasal spray will do the trick or turn on the humidifier in your room.
- A saline solution will also help to treat a nose bleed. Add a pinch of salt in half a glass of tepid water and transfer it to a spray. Use this as your nasal spray when you have a nose bleed. You can also soak small cotton balls in apple cider vinegar and place them into your nostrils. This will help dry up the nose bleed in a few minutes.
- An ice pack placed on your nose will effective stop your nose bleed. Place an ice cube or two on a handkerchief or hand towel and rub it on the bridge of your nose and along the sides. In minutes your nose bleed will stop. Blow your nose to expel any blood clot that may have formed up your nose.
If the nose bleed persists for at least ten minutes, seek medical attention as this is no longer a common nose bleed and may be caused by an internal disorder or infection.