How to Treat Nosebleeds at Home
Nosebleed is typically not serious and in most cases can be treated at home. Although it’s pretty common among children, sometimes adults can also experience a gory nose, without any specific cause. According to the leading ENT practitioners, nosebleeds can be triggered by many different reasons and it’s important to see a doctor when the household cures are not of much help.
Here’s some golden advices from the ENT experts of the town to help you deal with a bleeding nose:
Sit straight and keep your head leaning forward
Keep in mind that most of the nosebleeds occur from the frontal part of the nose in the area of septum or the middle part of the nose. The symptom is essentially triggered by irritation or dryness of a blood vessel inside the nasal cavity. ENT experts say that even the slightest of trauma can make your nose bleed if it is dehydrated. To stop such nosebleeds, use your thumb and forefinger to firmly pinch the soft part of your nose. Stay in that position for some time and then spray a medicated nasal spray (for example Afrin) before applying pressure for the next time.
Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs
ENT specialists usually advise to avoid overuse of anti-inflammatory medicine, when your nose bleeds. Although, these medicines can stop bleeding, but their usage triggers irritation which further dries up the nasal cavity. A better alternative is to use saline nose sprays, instead of the anti-inflammatory drugs. Besides these bedside humidifiers and moisturizing ointments such as Aquaphor and saline gels also help to combat the dryness while at the same time it helps in controlling the blood flow.
Remove the Clots If Formed
Sometimes, bleeding is triggered by the formation of blood clots inside the nasal cavity. In that case, these clots should be primarily removed by applying slight pressure onto the nose. Once it comes out, pinch the lower part of your nose and hold it for 5-10 minutes. While doing this, keep your head upright and a little inclined forward to prevent the blood from running down the throat. To treat this symptom, ENT doctors often prescribe placing a small cotton ball (soaked in Afrin or Neo-Synephrine nose drops) in the frontal part of the nose for some time till it stops bleeding.
However, a clinical intervention is highly recommended, if the nosebleed seems to be persisting. Remember, sometimes an obstinate bleeding nose can also be a warning sign of serious underlying ailments.