Nosebleeds are common, particularly in children. And while they can usually be managed easily at home, sometimes they’re more severe.
If you or someone you care for has a nosebleed that lasts for more than 20 minutes, go to your nearest Accident and Emergency (A&E) department as soon as possible.
HOW TO HELP PREVENT NOSEBLEEDS
- If you need to blow your nose, do so as gently as possible.
- Avoid picking your nose.
- Try using vaporizers to keep the air humid or use saline (salt water) nasal spray if your nose is crusty and dry.
- Use a head guard while playing contact sports, such as boxing or rugby.
- Talk to your doctor if you are taking blood-thinning medications and have recurring nosebleeds.
- Avoid overuse of nasal decongestants – always follow packet instructions.
- Avoid smoking, alcohol and hot drinks – these expand the blood vessels in the lining of your nose.