How To Stop A Hemorraging Blood Vessel In Nostril
Do you know how to stop a hemorrhaging blood vessel in your nostril? Many people have ideas about how to stop a hemorrhaging blood vessel in the nostril that are not only improper, they can make the situation worse. There are a few things that you never want to do when you have a nose bleed and they are typically the things that everyone believes work best. A common myth that has been perpetuated for years is that you should tilt your head back when attempting to stop a hemorrhaging blood vessel in a nostril. This is not only bad advice, it can actually make things worse. When your nose is actively bleeding, tilting your head backwards will cause blood to enter your esophagus and eventually your stomach. Believe it or not, blood is extremely irritating to the stomach. Leaning back can lead to blood making its way into your stomach, which is likely to nauseate you or potentially cause you to vomit.
This is what you actually want to do to stop a hemorrhaging blood vessel in your nostril.
- Sit down and gently squeeze your nostrils together while leaning forward and hold this pressure for 10-15 minutes. It's important to hold the direct pressure consistently and not repeatedly stop to check and see if the bleeding has stopped. In the event blood makes it's way into the back of your throat or your mouth, do not swallow it. Spit it out so that it doesn't wind up in your stomach where it will likely cause you to feel sick.
- If you have access to gauze, it can be rolled into a tube shape and placed between the upper lip and gum. Apply direct pressure and stretch your upper lip against the gauze and maintain pressure for 10-15 minutes. If you don't have access to gauze, you can improvise with a partial piece of a paper towel or napkin.
- If you are somewhere with access to ice or ice packs, placing one over your nose as direct pressure is applied will aid in constricting the blood vessel that is hemorrhaging.
Most of the time a hemorrhaging blood vessel in a nostril that continues to bleed is a result of not maintaining direct pressure long enough. Be patient and allow your body to develop a clot at the site of the injury.
If the hemorrhaging blood vessel in a nostril will not stop bleeding after following the steps listed above or there is a significant amount of blood loss, continue to apply direct pressure and seek medical attention. In the event the bleeding in your nostril was caused by a significant blow to the head, it's important to seek medical attention. Hemorrhaging from the nostrils or ears following a significant blow to the head may be a sign of a skull fracture. Medical attention is always warranted in a situation that involves a potential skull fracture. Do not delay treatment if you find yourself in that situation. It's also important to seek medical attention if your nose is visibly deformed (fractured).
Most of the time, direct pressure and a little patience will stop a hemorrhaging blood vessel in a nostril.