Do Not Panic If You Have Nose bleed, See The First Aid Advice Given By An Online Doctor
What is a nosebleed?
Nosebleeds (also called epistaxis) a is the loss of blood from the tissue that lines the inside of your nose.
Nosebleeds (also called epistaxis) are common. Some 60% of people will have at least one nosebleed in their lifetime. The location of the nose in the middle of the face and the large number of blood vessels close to the surface in the lining of your nose make it an easy target for injury and nosebleeds.
It can also occur easily because of the location of the nose and the close-to-the-surface location of blood vessels in the lining of your nose. Most nosebleeds can be handled at home, but certain symptoms should be checked by a physician.
Dr. Harvey Olufunmilayo, popularly known as the Our favorite online doctor shared an important and informative approach for anyone who may find his or herself in such situations. He said
First Aid for Nosebleed:
•DO NOT PANIC.
Most nosebleeds are NOT serious.
•Sit/stand upright (do NOT lie down)
•Pinch tight the soft part of your nose for 10-15 minutes.
•Breathe through your mouth.
•Lean head forward. NOT backward.
•Put icepack at top of your nose.
See the illustrations below.
2. As I said, nosebleeds are mostly NOT serious. They only look scary.
They are most common in children (especially between the age of 2-11 years after which they outgrow it), common in pregnant and elderly people too.
Again, DO NOT PANIC.
If you panic, you scare the person more.
3. And after a nosebleed ends:
For at least 24-48 hours,
•DO NOT blow your nose
•DO NOT pick your nose
•DO NOT drink any hot drinks
•DO NOT take any alcohol drinks
•DO NOT do any heavy lifting
•DO NOT do any strenuous exercise
•DO NOT pick any scabs/clots inside the nose.
4. Call your doctor IMMEDIATELY:
•If nose still bleeding after 15mins
•If nosebleed is very heavy
•If you feel weak, dizzy or breathless
•If nosebleed is after a head injury
•If nothing you do stops the bleeding
•If you are swallowing large amount of blood.
Go to hospital!
5.See your doctor within 48 hours:
•If it is a child under 2years old
•If you use a blood thinning medication
•If you have regular nosebleeds
•If you are pregnant
•If you have no idea why you get nosebleeds