Very few nosebleeds last longer than
10-15 minutes if they are correctly managed. Although they look very
dramatic they are rarely harmful and very few need to be seen by the
To stop the
Sit up leaning forwards to stop the blood running down the back of
your throat. Breathe through your mouth. Pinch your nose halfway up
just below where the bone stops and the cartilage (the gristly bit)
starts. Keep on pinching for at least 5 minutes after the bleeding has
stopped. Resist the temptation to stop pinching early or to rub the
inside of the nose.
When to see
Patients taking warfarin, or other blood thinning tablets, and those
with any blood clotting disorders should contact their doctor if they
have any bleeding. If the bleeding continues for more than thirty
minutes, contact your doctor for advice. If you have more than three
nosebleeds in a week, arrange a visit to your doctor.