The best way to deal with a nosebleed is to sit down and lean slightly forward. Don't lie down because keeping your head above your heart will make your nose bleed less, says the American Academy of Family Physicians. Leaning forward will allow the blood to drain out of your nose instead of down the back of your throat. Use your thumb and index finger to squeeze together the soft portion of your nose. Don't let go for at least 5 minutes. If it's still bleeding, hold it again for 10 minutes straight.
Print Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
Online Source: American College of Emergency Physicians Foundationhttp://www.emergencycareforyou.org/EmergencyManual/WhatToDoInMedicalEmergency/Default.aspx?id=260
Online Source: American Academy of Family Physicianshttp://www.familydoctor.org/
Online Editor: Flanagan, Donna
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Godsey, Cynthia M.S., M.S.N., APRN
Online Medical Reviewer: Lambert, J.G. M.D.
Online Medical Reviewer: Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 2/15/2010
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