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How might an emergency room doctor treat a nosebleed?

Deborah Davis
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
A minor nose bleed that has stopped may require no treatment at all.  Frequently, the body will form a clot at the site of the bleeding that stops any further bleeding.  However, if the source of the bleeding is from a blood vessel that is easily seen, it may be cauterized with a chemical called silver nitrate.  In more complicated cases, a nasal packing may be required to stop the bleeding.  Nasal packings apply direct pressure inside the nostril to promote clotting and stop the bleeding.

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