CAUTION: Nosebleeds which occur after a blow on the head can be a sign of a fractured skull. Seek medical help immediately.
To stop a nosebleed:
Sit or stand up. Keep your head higher than the level of your heart. By remaining upright, you reduce blood pressure in the veins of your nose.
Pinch your nose with your thumb and index finger and breathe through your mouth. Continue to hold for about 10 minutes.
Don’t apply ice to the nose. This is of little or no benefit. The cold only tightens the blood vessels on the surface of the nose and doesn’t penetrate deeply enough to help.
To prevent re-bleeding after bleeding has stopped, don’t pick or blow your nose for several hours after the bleeding episode; don’t bend down; and keep your head higher than the level of your heart.
Seek medical care immediately if:
The bleeding lasts for more than 20 to 30 minutes.
You feel weak or faint, which can result from the blood loss.
The bleeding is heavy and the amount of blood loss is great.
Bleeding begins by trickling down the back of the neck.
Slippery Elm is a specific for mucous membranes. Try sniffing a little Slippery Elm Powder.
Shepherd’s Purse is ‘hemostatic’, which means “stops bleeding”.
Yarrow is also ‘hemostatic’, hence the common name “Nosebleed”.