How To Stop A Nose Bleed

Nosebleeds are rarely serious, but if you suspect any kind of head trauma or the bleeding is thin or yellow colored, you need to call 9-1-1 immediately.Start by having the victim sit in a chair and lean the head slightly forward. This will prevent any blood from going down the back of the throat.

Just like any bleeding injury, you only need direct pressure by pinching the soft part of the nose just below the cartilage using your thumb and forefinger. This will put enough pressure on those fragile capillaries to control the bleeding. These tiny capillaries clot very easily, but you must maintain constant pressure for 5-10 minutes.

An ice pack on top of the nose and cheek can also help control bleeding, swelling, and pain if there has been any trauma to the nose.

What you should NOT do.

DO NOT LIE DOWN. This can cause blood to be swallowed which lead to choking, nausea, and vomiting.


DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN. This could only cause more bleeding because aspirin is a blood thinner.

So again, pinch the nose, lean forward, and breath through your mouth. Hold the pressure for 5-10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, release the pressure and see what happens. If it’s still bleeding, repeat the process.

If it’s still bleeding after repeating the process 2 times, this is the time to call your doctor or seek for medical help.

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Captain Wayne Bennett (Ret.) is the founder of Disaster Survival Skills, LLC. and is also a retired professional firefighter and disaster preparedness coordinator who recognized a need for a one-day training on how everyone should respond to a disaster. From that moment forward the commitment has been to develop, refine and perfect techniques and strategies that everyone can use. In addition to training, Disaster Survival Skills, LLC. provides practical and realistic supplies that support their training. There is no fluff or waste in their kits, but rather items that can and will be used by your employees in an emergency.

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