What is the first aid treatment for nosebleeds?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
The following are first aid treatment guidelines for nose bleeds:
  • Put on gloves or find a barrier for your hands.
  • Have victim sit, leaning forward, and gently blow out blood clots. Immediately pinch together the soft part of both nostrils while pushing into the face bone.
  • Continue constant pressure for 5 minutes, pinching harder if bleeding persists.
  • Seek medical assistance if you're unable to control the bleeding after 15 minutes, or if bleeding is heavy, or the victim has trouble breathing.
  • Do not ask the victim to lean their head back.
  • Do not use an ice pack on the nose or forehead.
  • Do not press on the bone/bridge of the nose between the eyes.
  • Do not pinch nostrils and press into face if broken face bones are suspected.
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