Nosebleeds - What to do?

For nosebleeds, first and foremost: Stay calm - it usually looks worse than it is. The affected person should lean his head forward while sitting or standing, preferably over a sink, and squeezing the nostrils with your thumb and forefinger for several minutes.

This helps against nosebleeds

As an alternative, a nasal tampon made of toilet paper or a tissue paper to: Tweak this to a two-inch-long, pencil-strong role, grease them with Vaseline or skin cream and insert the tamponade in the front nose section. With it you press the bleeding - for about ten minutes - quasi from the inside.

Do not put your head back, because it causes the blood to run down the pharyngeal wall, become swallowed and cause nausea.

More tips against nosebleeds

In addition, you can try a few other - more or less recognized - tips:

  • Put a damp washcloth (or snow) on the neck: Whether the resulting constriction of the neck vessels reflexively throttles the blood supply to the nose is unclear. But it does not hurt.
  • A tip from grandma's treasure chest is to put cellulose or blotting paper under the tongue or between the upper lip and gum or to suck a slice of lemon - the effectiveness is unproven, it's worth a try.
  • The hemostatic effect of Hirtent√§schel is recognized. You have nosebleeds every now and then? Then make yourself an infusion of shepherd's purse (let one tablespoon with a cup of hot water for ten minutes and strain) and store it in the refrigerator or fill into a dropper pipette. If necessary, you can sniff the solution up, or soak a twisted paper towel and insert it into the affected nostril.
  • You are convinced of homeopathy? Then try witch hazel or sodium nitricum (D6, three globules for two days, three times every two hours, then every five to six hours); If you are repeatedly plagued by nosebleeds, you can try to get a grip on this with Phosphorus D12 (three globules once a day for ten days).
  • Try to stop bleeding with acupressure: For 20 to 30 seconds, firmly press the tip of the little finger on the side where the nosebleed does not occur. A rubber band has a comparable effect, which they wind around for a maximum of half a minute - many swear by it.

By the way: The frequently recommended medical "sclerosing" of the bleeding site should not be used as a first measure. It also creates a wound that can become infected and bleed.

Tip: See an ENT specialist if the bleeding does not stop within fifteen minutes, is very severe, spurting, or due to an injury.

Behavior after nosebleed

There are some tips to prevent nosebleeds, especially after nasal bleeding:

  • Give the blood vessels time to heal: Avoid one to two days to shower.
  • Maintain your nasal mucosa both after bleeding as well as preventively, especially if you are prone to nosebleeds. There are numerous preparations available on the market that keep the mucous membrane moist and supple and thus more resistant - creams and ointments (can be applied with a finger or a cotton swab), drops and sprays. Possible preparations are, for example, baby oil or special nasal oil, nasal spray, nasal ointment with dexapanthenol or with salt.
  • Make sure there is enough indoor air humidity - a humidifier, vaporizers on the radiators, large green plants or even wet towels next to your bed can help.
  • In addition, regular activities that strengthen the circulation also seem to reduce the frequency of nosebleeds - for example, endurance sports or sauna visits. And by the way you are doing something for your immune system and well-being!

Tip: If you continue to suffer from severe nosebleeds, you should ask your doctor for a serious cause.

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