NOSEBLEED: WHAT IS THIS CONDITION?
Ever been in the dilemma of not knowing what to do to stop a nosebleed for you or a friend or even for that stranger down the hallway? Or you probably haven’t been in a situation where someone is in this situation?
Well, let’s look at nosebleed as a health issue and what self-help treatments you can use at home or on anyone in this condition.
Nosebleed is a common condition which can occur in children but some adults also have this condition happen to them occasionally.
Let’s look at the underlying causes:
Nosebleeds occur for no obvious reasons but the most common causes include;
- Nose-picking and
- Forceful nose-blowing.
Although noses with delicate lining are more likely to bleed if their lining is irritated because of a cold or an allergy or if it becomes dry and cracked due to a dry atmosphere. Some nosebleeds can be a little more than the common temporary nuisance and some other times bleeding through the nose can be a symptom of an underlying illness.
HOW TO CONTROL A NOSEBLEED
Despite the scare nosebleeds give, they can be stopped quite easily and prevented from starting again in older people.
Here are some tips to help you control a nosebleed especially when it proves difficult to control.
- Stay calm, and if you are helping someone else, be reassuring.
- Take the practical steps below;
- Lean forwards slightly but if you feel faint, sit down and lean forwards.
- Pinch the soft part of your nose firmly for 5-10minutes then breathe steadily through your mouth.
- If bleeding continues after the 10minutes, continue pinching for another 5-10minutes but if this doesn’t still stop it, please seek professional medical help immediately.
- Make sure you don’t push tissues or cotton wool into your bleeding nostrils in order to stop the bleeding.
If after taking the steps above and bleeding successfully stops, the following instructions will help you ensure bleeding doesn’t start again.
- You have to try as much as possible not to stress your nose by blowing it for the next 24hours afterwards and also do not pick your nose.
- If you ever feel the need to sneeze either do so with your mouth open or position your fingers as if you want to pinch your nose as shown above and rub that soft part of your nose you had earlier pinched in an up-down stroke. This will automatically stop you from sneezing.
- Avoid hot liquids or alcohol or even smoking.
- Sleep using 2 or 3 pillows to raise your head.
- Do not engage in any vigorous or strenuous exercise 24hours after a nosebleed has occurred.
- Use a humidifier or place a bowl of water close to a radiator in a dry, heated room.
- If you are predisposed to nosebleeds because your nose gets dry and crusted inside, apply petroleum jelly into your nostrils a few times in a day to soften and protect that delicate membrane lining your nose. On the other hand you can prefer to use saline nose drops as the drug remedy to keep the nasal membrane moist.