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Nosebleed (first Aid) do i lean back or forward ?

Nose bleeds also known as epistaxis are common due to the location of the nose on the face, and the large amount of blood vessels in the nose.  Nasal (nose) bleed first aid is confusing, bleeds can be frontal or posterior. The cause of frontal nosebleeds is sometimes unknown, but they can be caused by a number of things, including:

  • picking your nose, particularly if you scratch the inside of your nose with a sharp fingernail
  • blowing your nose very hard
  • a minor injury to your nose
  • a crooked nose that’s either present from birth (congenital) or the result of an injury (a deviated septum)
  • cold or flu (influenza)
  • sinusitis – an infection of the small, air-filled cavities inside your cheekbones and forehead
  • a blocked or stuffy nose often caused by an infection
  • a dry nose caused by dry air in a hot climate or heated indoor air
  • hay fever or other allergies
  • high altitude
  • hormonal changes
  • excessive use of nasal decongestants
  • use of illegal drugs that are snorted, such as cocaine

Nosebleed first aid many may thing that leaning back is the answer. In fact the answer is leaning forward with a nasal pinch for ten minutes. Seek medical attention for persistent nose bleeds.

Remember try a cool diet of soft, cool foods and beverages. No hot liquids or foods  for at least 24 hours. Heat causes things to expand in the body it causes increased blood flow. Causing more pain and certainly bleeding.

Do not take any medications that will thin the blood for example, aspirin, Ibuprofen (theses drugs are known as NSAID) for pain. If you are taking warfain  a blood tinned also known as Coumadin please see medical attention. Do not stop taking any medications without first contacting your doctor.

Nose bleed first aid

Do i lean forward or back

The patient should breathe through the mouth and spit out any blood/saliva into a bowl. It is all essential that a  regular blood pressure and pulse be monitored for any detoriation and any un diagnosed blood  pressure problems.

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