May, 2017

What to Do When You Have a Nosebleed

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

If you suffer from nosebleeds, you have probably been told to tilt your head forward when one starts. You’ve probably also been told to tilt your head back.

So which one is actually right? Let’s take a closer look.

Should You Tilt Your Head Forward or Back?

If you’ve been told to tilt your head back when your nose is bleeding, ignore that bit of bad advice. Doing so is unhelpful and it can be quite dangerous. Tilting your head back can cause the blood from your nose to run down your throat into your stomach, potentially resulting in vomiting. If it ends up in your lungs instead, that is even worse. You could choke on your blood or even end up with pneumonia. Yikes!

Instead, tilt your head slightly forward and firmly pinch your nose shut. Keep it shut for a full 10 minutes while breathing through your mouth. Do not check to see if it is still bleeding during this time. If possible, gently rest an ice pack or cold compress on your cheeks and nose. This constricts blood vessels and helps slow bleeding.

What Causes Nosebleeds?

If you suffer from nosebleeds, there could be several reasons. Your nose may bleed due to allergies, dry weather, sinus problems, changes in altitude or a direct blow to the nose. In any case, most can be treated by following the simple steps listed above.

If you have a nosebleed that lasts more than 20 minutes despite following these instructions, seek medical attention. You should also see a specialist if you suffer from frequent nosebleeds.

At Sinus and Snoring Centers of Texas, we may be able to help determine the cause of your nosebleeds. If you suffer from frequent nosebleeds, contact us today to schedule a consultation. You can reach us by calling 956-504-5360.