How to Stop a Nosebleed Quickly and Safely

Nobody likes nosebleeds – they’re messy and uncomfortable and always appear to come out of nowhere while we’re in the middle of something. Although harmless, nosebleeds can be annoying and thoroughly unpleasant, so it’s reasonable to want to get rid of them as quickly as possible.

Stopping a Nosebleed

If you want to stop a nosebleed quickly, naturally and safely, follow some of these simple tips:

Sit, Relax and Squeeze

Sit down, lean forward a little, breathe deeply through your mouth, and squeeze the middle part of your nose gently. Hold for 5 minutes and then release and check if the blood is still coming out of your nose. If it is, squeeze gently for another five minutes. Once the blood stops coming out, don’t get up immediately – sit for a little while longer and relax.

Use Cold Compress

A cold compress can help you constrict the blood vessels in your nose and therefore stop the bleeding. Just take one or two ice cubes, put them in a towel and press it against the side of your nose that bleeds. Keep the compress there for about five minutes while keeping your head tilted back a little and the bleeding should stop.

Don’t Blow Your Nose or Stuff It

Whatever you do to stop the nose bleeding, do not blow your nose nor stuff it with a tissue. Blowing your nose even after the bleeding has stopped can restart the bleeding, so avoid it for a day. Stuffing the nostrils is not recommended either as it can remove some of the top layer of lining in the nose and make it bleed even more easily.

Nosebleeds Prevention

To prevent nosebleeds in the future, follow these tips:

  • Stop smoking
  • Don’t pick your nose
  • Use a humidifier
  • Get enough vitamin C every day (at least 90 mg a day)
  • Do not blow your nose forcefully.


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