How is a nosebleed treated?
The common nosebleed is easy to stop by using the following steps: Sit up or stand. Do not lie down. An upright position slows the flow of blood. Squeeze the soft portion of the nose between the thumb and index finger for 5-10 minutes, while breathing through your mouth. This should stop the flow of blood. If a nosebleed persists your doctor may treat it by using several steps. First, excess blood is removed with a suction device. A medical cotton ball is then placed in the nose. The medication anaesthetises and shrinks the nasal membrane. If the bleeding still persists, your doctor may recommend chemical or electrical cautery. If the bleeding persists after cautery, your doctor may gently pack your nose with medicated gauze. Nosebleeds caused by an underlying disease such as hypertension or arteriosclerosis, or that occur far back in the nose, are more difficult to stop. Your doctor will probably seek the help of a specialist who will place a special pack in your nasal cavity. This pr