Nosebleed – How to prevent repeated nose bleed

6 out of 10 people will have had nosebleed at some point in life but only a small amount of people will get to seek medical treatment as most will settle on its own without causing any harm.

Nosebleed can be caused by trauma such as falls especially in children, pricking or blowing the nose too hard. Nosebleed that may require medical treatment will usually come from bleeding in deeper part of the nose and usually affects adult with high blood pressure, people taking certain medications etc.

If you develop a severe episode of nosebleed and you feel very unwell, it is advisable to attend your local emergency service or call the emergency line for an ambulance service. In some cases, you may be able to control the bleeding by following these steps:

  • Sit forward and keep the mouth open to allow spitting out of blood.
  • Avoid lying down unless you feel faint.
  • Pinch the soft part of the nose firmly and hold it for 10–15 minutes, whilst breathing through your mouth.

Consult with your doctor to discuss the best way to prevent a recurrence. Your doctor may advice you to avoid the following activities which may increase the risk of recurrence:

  • Blowing or picking the nose.
  • Heavy lifting.
  • Strenuous exercise.
  • Lying flat.
  • Drinking alcohol or hot drinks.

You can book an online doctor appointment with our Consultdoc GPs for further advice.

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