Many people assume the best way to stop a nosebleed is to lean back with a wad of tissues shoved up their nostrils to stop the drenching blood. However, the best way to stop a nosebleed quickly and effectively is actually to lean forward instead. Here are tips on the best way to stop a nosebleed.
The reason why leaning forward is better for a nosebleed than leaning back (which most of us automatically do to keep the blood from pouring all over us) is because the gushing blood from a nosebleed has to go somewhere. When you lean back, this means the blood pours down the throat and into the stomach instead of leaving the body, causing possible choking or nausea from the blood irritating the stomach. Lean forward to stop a bloody nose instead so the blood can leave the body.
Pinch your nose just below the bridge where it’s bony as you lean forward to help stop the bleeding. The pressure, applied for 5 minutes without releasing, helps to stop the blood vessels that supply the nasal membranes from releasing blood and allowing the blood to clot naturally. Hold a tissue to the nostrils as you apply pressure to your nose just under the bridge, and tighten the pressure slightly if the blood is still pouring out strong.
To further the pressure on the bridge of the nose to stop a nosebleed, place an icepack near the bridge of the nose to help constrict the blood vessels that are pouring out blood while you are applying pressure to your nose with your fingers. Also, avoid blowing your nose after you have gotten the nosebleed to stop, as this could cause the clotting to dislodge and your nose to start bleeding all over again.
If after 5 minutes of pressing on the soft part of the bridge of your nose and blood is still pouring out, repeat the pressure again for up to 10 minutes until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after a few tries, or if your nosebleed is making your dizzy, lightheaded, or nauseous, go see a doctor, as an uncontrollable nosebleed can lead to shock.
Most nosebleeds should stop within just a few moments with leaning forward and pinching the nose just under the hard bridge. Nosebleeds can look severe with all the blood pouring out, but usually are just messy and not truly threatening. Of course, if you feel like you cannot control your nosebleed, or if it gets worse, see your doctor to prevent further injury.
personal experience with nosebleeds