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How can I treat a nosebleed?

This film is part of the series "How To Treat A Nosebleed"

How To Treat A Nosebleed

Jason Hamilton (Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon) gives expert video advice on: How can I treat a nosebleed?

How can I treat a nosebleed?

Typically, nosebleeds can be treated with simple pressure that the patient can apply themselves at home. If it's severe, they may have to come to the emergency room and a light packing can be placed in the nose to stop the bleeding. If you experience a nosebleed you should not panic. You should hold your nose with gentle pressure and lean forward. You shouldn't swallow any of the blood from the nosebleed; you should spit it out because the blood can make you nauseous and want to vomit. You should hold pressure for at least fifteen minutes and, typically, the nosebleed will stop. If you don't have relief from the nosebleed, you should either get to your physician's office or to the emergency room as soon as possible.