Nose bleeds generally respond well to home treatment. The most common causes are nasal trauma, nose picking, cold and allergies, dry air, and medications.

Prevention

  • Humidify your room/home if you live in a dry climate, especially during dry winter months.
  • Spray nasal saline into each nostril, and then gently apply petroleum jelly on the inside of your nose to lock in the moisture and prevent bleeding.

Treatment

Home care   Home Care

  1. Sit up with your head tipped slightly forward.
  2. Pinch the nostrils shut and hold uninterrupted pressure for 15 minutes.
  3. Repeat if necessary.
  4. Avoid blowing your nose for the next 24 hours.

Professional care   Professional Care

Seek medical care if:

  • Bleeding does not stop despite methods above
  • You feel dizzy or light-headed
  • You have recurrent nosebleeds