Nosebleeds

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Most nosebleeds can be treated at home. Though they are messy and a little nerve-wracking, most do not need the attention of a physician.The most common causes of nosebleeds are colds, low humidity, high altitude, allergies, medications, injuries and blowing or picking the nose.

If low humidity seems to have caused your nosebleed, breathe warm, moist air from the shower. After the bleeding has stopped, put a little petroleum jelly just inside your nose to prevent more bleeding, and consider using a humidifier in your home.

To treat any other nosebleed at home, sit up straight. Gently blow your nose, then pinch your nostrils firmly for at least 10 minutes.

Next, check to see if your nose is still bleeding. If it is still bleeding, pinch it for another 10 minutes.

After a nosebleed, do not do anything strenuous for several hours, and do not blow your nose again for 12 hours.

If the bleeding has not stopped after 30 minutes of direct pressure, it is time for professional attention. You also should see a doctor if your nose is deformed after an injury, if blood runs down the back of your throat even when you are pinching your nose, or if you experience nosebleeds often.