How To Quickly Stop A Nosebleed

Stopping a nosebleed can be a tricky process. I always sort of knew how to stop one but I was never sure of the right procedure. Sometimes it would take me under a minute while other times it would take much longer.

As some people may know from my posts, I don’t like to post First Aid related topics unless it’s something that I have had first hand experience in. In this case, my son had an episode in the middle of the night and I used some of the techniques I was familiar with to treat him.

Step One

The first thing to do when someone has a nosebleed is to lean him or her forward, and pinch the fleshy part of the nose right below the bony bridge (not the fleshy part right above the nostrils) for at least a minute. The pressure from pinching the nose should be enough to stop the bleeding.

Step Two
However, sometimes the nose may still continue to bleed even after the one minute of pressure. Its possible that there is a clot in the nose preventing the stoppage of blood flow. If that happens, try having the person blow really hard to remove the clot. This is a really gross procedure but it’s a quick way to stop a nosebleed. When my son’s nose was bleeding, the pressure I applied was uncomfortable for him and in the end didn’t stop the nosebleed. I moved on to step two and had him blow hard. The clot came right out and the nosebleed stopped instantly.

If no clot comes out then try pinching the top of the nose again for another minute with slightly more pressure than the first time.

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10 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    it HELPED !

  2. Diane says:

    None of your tips worked! Help!

  3. Casey says:

    This made my nosebleed even worse!

  4. Eric says:

    Hi Casey,

    Sorry about your nosebleed. As for making it worse, I am not sure how step one could have made it worse. Applying pressure for one minute just below the bridge of the nose is a standard first aid procedure for dealing with a bloody nose. It must be done with pressure. If you simply squeeze the nose its not going to work. Make sure you are applying pressure in the right spot and with the right about of force.

    Step two should have only been done if step one was ineffective. This is because the clot is preventing the pressure from being effective. I hope your nose will stop bleeding soon.

  5. Brooke says:

    Thanks, this helped right away 🙂

  6. Angie says:

    This REALLY WORKS! And really helped with my nose bleed, its kept me awake since five a.m!

  7. Angie says:

    (Follow-up comment,) The next time my sister will get a nose bleed,(and trust me,that will be very soon she gets constant nose bleeds in the summer) i will try those technecs on her! thnx

  8. Maury says:

    I suffered chronic nose bleeds as a child.

    If pinching, blowing and pinching again fail to stop the bleeding, a cold-pack on the back of the neck and forehead constrict the blood-vessels slowing the bleeding.

  9. robert says:

    when it happen to me i put my nose under cold water and snort it in my nose it stops it every time

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