How to Stop a Nosebleed Fast

  • Stay calm and remain upright.
  • Sit down and lean forward to prevent blood from draining down your throat.
  • Pinch your nostrils closed for ten to fifteen minutes and breathe through your mouth.

Quick Fact

Did you know that nosebleeds happen more often in the wintertime? The increase is due to dry air and more illnesses.

What Causes Nosebleeds?

Inflammation

Allergies and upper respiratory infections can cause inflammation of the mucous membranes, which can result in a bloody nose.

Frequent Nose Picking

Picking or rubbing the nose frequently can damage the area and result in bleeding.

Foreign Objects

Any foreign object placed in the nose can result in a nosebleed.

Dryness

A dry nose is more susceptible to bleeding.

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When to See an ENT About Your Nosebleed

Although most nosebleeds aren’t serious, there are a few instances that require a trip to your ENT. They include:

  • Pinching your nostrils for ten minutes doesn’t stop the bleeding.
  • You’re on blood-thinning medications.
  • You have a blood clotting disorder.
  • Your nosebleeds recur frequently.
  • You suspect your nose is broken.

What to do if You have Frequent Nosebleeds

If you suffer from frequent nosebleeds, SFENTA's team of some of the best ENT doctors in Miami can help. We typically recommend cauterization in these cases, which involves spraying a special chemical into the nose to shrink the blood vessels and prevent additional bleeding.

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