What to do about nosebleeds
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.