How To Assist Someone With a Nose Bleed
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How To Assist Someone With a Nose Bleed

How to stop a nose bleed. What to do if someone gets a nose bleed

There is certainly nothing fun about a nose bleed.  Most of the time they are harmless and due to simple reasons but sometimes a nose bleed can be more serious.  It is good to know the difference between a nosebleed that is harmless and a nosebleed that can be caused by something more serious and when professional help is needed. 

Nose bleeds happen for many different reasons mostly they will occur due to trauma to the nose such as being punched in the nose or bumping your nose on something, but can also be caused vigorous nose picking, or a sinus Infection, a deviated septum, or something stuck in the nose. Occasionally certain diseases can be blamed for nose bleeds but most likely if you encounter someone who is having a nose bleed it is most likely due to one of the above reasons.

Most nosebleeds are anterior nosebleeds and are easy to get under control. In rare cases a nose bleed can be posterior, this usually happens to elderly people.These nose bleeds are hard to get under control and you will likely need to get medicall attention for that person as soon as possible.

How to Stop the Nose Bleed

If you encounter someone who is experiencing a nose bleed have them sit down in a chair. The person should sit up straight and place their head slightly forward.

Pinch the nostrils between your thumb and your pointer finger and hold for 5 or 10 minutes. Do not let go at any point before 5 minutes is up. If the bleeding has not stopped repeat the pinching for another 5 to 10 minutes. If the bleeding has still not stopped then get the person medical attention.

Once you get the bleeding to stop monitor the person for at least 20 minutes if the nose starts bleeding again they will need medical attention. If the bleeding has stopped but the person is dizzy, light headed or thinks they are going to pass out or is having rapid breathing or heartbeat or begins to vomit get them immediate medical attention. Also if there is a fever or a rash this could be very serious, call an ambulance or rush them to an emergency room.

You should also be very concerned if someone is bleeding from both nostrils or also spitting up blood. Also if they are vomiting passing out, confused or weak.  Get them medical attention as soon as possible. 

If nosebleeds occur often for anyone they should see their doctor to assess what the problem might be.



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