How to deal with a nosebleed

Nosebleeds are caused by trauma to the outside or inside of the nose. Your nose can bleed after a blow to the face or when you pick it. A nosebleed can also occur from repeated irritation due to a cold. Below are some useful steps on how to deal with a nosebleed to control the bleeding;

• Ensure the person is sitting up straight and lean them forward slightly. Do not tilt the head backwards

• With a thumb and index finger, firmly pinch the nose just below the bone

• Apply pressure for 5 minutes

• If the bleeding continues after 5 minutes, then repeat the process

So when should you seek medical help? If;

• The nosebleed continues beyond a period of 10 minutes

• The person is unable to breathe due to the excessive bleeding

• The person is under medication

If you found this article ‘How to deal with a nosebleed’ interesting and would like to learn more then get yourself booked onto one of our first aid courses.

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