If you’ve ever had a nosebleed, you know how annoying it can be. Luckily, it’s also easy to stop a nosebleed quickly! By pinching just below where your nose meets your face and holding it for 10 minutes, you can bring the blood flow to a halt. If possible, sit up and lean forward so that gravity helps the blood drain out of your nose. Once the bleeding stops, keep sitting up for at least half an hour so that no more blood flows back into your mouth or throat while lying down—that could cause another nosebleed.
Sit up, leaning forward a little bit.
Sit and lean forward a little, putting your hands on your knees or thighs.
Keep your head tilted forward, and don’t try to stop the blood by pressing it on your nose.
Pinch just below your nose.
- Pinch just below your nose. Make sure to pinch at the bottom of the nose and not on either side, as this will reopen any clot that has formed in the tissues.
- The best way to do this is with two fingers from each hand (like you are about to pick up a tray). Your forefinger and middle finger should be on one side, while your ring and pinky should be on the other. The tip of all four fingers should rest against each other, so there is no gap between them.
- To ensure you’re pinching correctly: Lift gently until you feel a soft, fleshy part underneath your nostrils; then gently squeeze this area until the blood stops flowing.*
Hold for 10 minutes and breathe through your mouth.
Hold for 10 minutes and breathe through your mouth. Don’t use a tissue or blow your nose. Lying down might help, but there’s no harm in trying to stay upright until the bleeding stops on its own. If you have a cold compress at home, hold it against the side of your face where you’re experiencing the bleeding until it stops—but don’t apply it directly over the bridge of your nose or on top of other wounds, like bruises or cuts.
Spit out bloody saliva.
If you have a bleeding nose and can’t staunch it with a napkin, there are three things that you should never do:
- Do not blow your nose.
- Do not swallow the blood or mucus.
- Do not use any handkerchief or tissue to wipe your face.
Stay sitting up for at least half an hour.
If you have a nosebleed, you must rest for at least half an hour. This is because if you lie down or sleep, the blood vessels in your head will shrink and cause the bleeding to continue. It’s also important not to drink alcohol or smoke during this time.
You can stop a nosebleed quickly using just your hands and some patience.
You can stop a nosebleed quickly using just your hands and some patience. There are other ways to stop a nosebleed, but this is the easiest. It’s important to stop the bleeding quickly because it can lead to serious health problems if you’re not careful.
If you have a nosebleed, don’t panic! You can use the steps above to stop it quickly and painlessly. Remember, though: if your nosebleed lasts longer than 10 minutes or is accompanied by other symptoms such as headache or dizziness, you should see a doctor immediately. Some nosebleeds can indicate more serious health problems that need treatment immediately.