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Health Tip: Controlling a Nosebleed

Last Updated: September 23, 2009.

(HealthDay News) -- If you get a nosebleed, don't panic. Many nosebleeds look worse than they really are, says the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Here's the academy's advice on steps to help stop a nosebleed:

  • Sit down, and tilt your body forward slightly. Keep your head positioned above your heart, but allow the blood to drain from your nose, not down your throat.
  • Use your thumb and index finger and gently apply pressure near the end of the nose, at the soft part.
  • Hold your fingers in that position for at least five minutes, then check if the bleeding has stopped.
  • If the nose is still bleeding, hold it for at least 10 minutes more without releasing.
  • Place an ice pack or cold compress across your nose.
  • Leave the nose alone once it stops bleeding, and don't blow your nose or bend over.

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