Patient Comments: Nosebleed - Stop Fast

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Comment from: debhorman, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

My nosebleed problem is dry nose from the winter weather, indoor, whatever. I do have an answer for those going through the same thing: Boroleum. This is an ointment that comes in a small blue and white tube. Most pharmacists have never heard of it but I swear by it and have used it about 20 years. I did have a pharmacy in my old hometown that carried it. I've seen pricing from USD 3 to 11. I bet you'll love it.

Comment from: Cc, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

The emergency room doctor packed my nostril but it bled again. This time instead of holding my nose and leaning forward, I took a tampon with Neosporin on it and pushed it up my nose. It absorbed the blood and of course expanded to put pressure on the vein, and stopped the bleeding. They are sanitary and absorbent.

Comment from: John Valentino, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 12

I have had nose bleeds and throat pain for the last 4 years when the weather becomes cold. Now, I have found a method to prevent this problem. Lubricate your affected nostril with a lubricant not containing petroleum, which could cause a serious lung problem. I use Rhinase and Burt's Bees lip balm. Before going out into the cold winter air, stuff tissue into the affected nostril to keep the cold air out and keep the nostril moist. This will stop nose bleeds, and as an added benefit, stop throat pain due to irritation caused by swallowing blood. It works; try it.

Comment from: Dave Y, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 30

I recently had a 45 minute nose bleed from my left nostril. In desperation I wet the little finger on my left hand with water and gently pushed it all the way up my left nostril as far as it would go and held pressure with it against the center of my nose. The bleeding stopped in about 2 minutes. I was told that in emergency rooms they can insert small balloons and inflate them to stop the bleeding. I guess it places the pressure where it is needed and keeps excess blood from slowing down clot formation.

Comment from: Sharry, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 23

Afrin is the nosebleed stopper! I carry a bottle in my purse. Here are the instructions. Grab a tissue. Fold or twist into a soft corner that will go in your nose and fill it. Now take your Afrin, and spray the tissue. Shove up your nose and gently hold with pressure from your fingers on the outside. This should stop it. Sit down and relax, and now prepare another one, and after a few minutes, remove the first one and plug in a clean one. This stops mine, thanks to my ENT.

Comment from: djn, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 15

I had nosebleeds as a teenager, then nothing. When I turned about 40 I started getting massive bleeds. If you have them as a kid, they will likely reoccur later. I have been burned four times, nasal packing was routine for a while. The best solution for getting them stopped for me is Afrin, plus ice on the nose or on the roof of the mouth. That usually can control it till I get into the ENT. Prevention people, prevention, I use bacitracin daily on a Q-Tip, and lubricate both sides. Then I use a nasal spray a couple times during the day. If it is particularly dry out, I will spray some Afrin up there in the morning as a preventive measure.

Comment from: John Anthony, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 20

For me Mom's solution almost never fails in 30 to 60 seconds, and I have had nosebleeds all my life. Just blow your nose on the side of the bleeding to get the excess and warm blood out that prevents clotting. Then immediately press your index finger on the outside of the nose where the bleeding is occurring for a minute or so, until clotting takes place and bleeding stops. After this, when cleaning, do not pick your nose.

Comment from: Tired of nosebleeds, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 31

The next time you have a nosebleed try using small ice pieces and hold some to the top of the inside of the mouth with your tongue. Most of the blood moving to the nose travels in that area, so by chilling and slowing the blood it helps to stop the nose from bleeding. I never have been good at the pinching, too tender of a nose I guess. But those of you who can, do that and the ice trick and it will be much better on the heavy bleeds. If you use a blood thinner this will also help since it localizes the slowing of the blood to the nose.

Comment from: Tink, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I am now having nosebleeds again, after not having them since childhood. I've tried many things and been to the emergency room. Here's the best, easiest and fastest way to stop them. Use the 'thumbs up' method. Raise your thumb on the side that's bleeding, then press thumb inward to mash that nostril flat against the septum. Hold firmly 10 minutes straight. Slowly release to allow blood flow to return. Repeat if needed. Even kids can do this.

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Comment from: meet sandhu, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

I experienced nose-bleed twice within a month. And as far as I know about the cause, it was dryness caused by the radiators in winter. We should keep our sinuses lubricated with oil. Regular oiling your nostrils can prevent nose bleed. Staying cool and hydrated in winter is mandatory as well.

Comment from: Lan, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I have had nosebleeds for as long as I remember. Last year, due to environmental changes, I suffered from a nasal infection and a serious case of strep, for both of which I took antibiotics. After the strep my nose, right nostril, was bleeding every day for about 10 minutes. I got it cauterized and it stopped for a month, I got it cauterized again and it got worse. After the third time nothing changed and now it is 7 months since they started, they go for about 15 minutes, and yes, every day. I am hoping to try an allergy specialist next because I do have allergies that have given me strange reactions in the past. What helps during a nose bleed, after I wash my face with cold water I pinch my nose, right under the bone, and after 15 minutes it stops. I get major headaches afterwards so I make sure to sit and drink water. Using Vaseline to keep it moist also helps. I apply it with a Q-tip.

Comment from: dnichols, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 20

About two weeks ago, I was standing in the bathroom, when I felt something in my nose. I looked up and blood was running from my nose, no warning, but after a few minutes it stopped. A few days later, I woke up and it was bleeding again, so it scared me so bad, I woke my husband and told him, and he called the emergency room (ER) and they told him to tell me to pinch my nose and hold it for about 15 minutes and it stopped. The next time it happened I did the same thing. All this happened in a matter of a few days and then on Thursday night, same thing. Then on Friday morning we went to breakfast, and it bled so bad I couldn't stop it so I went to the ER. They cauterized it and about 1:00 in the morning, I was back at the ER. They packed it and sent me home for 48 hours. When they took out the packing, it started bleeding again wouldn't stop, so I was sent to the ER. Now I have an appointment with an ENT, so I will wait and see. I never had anything like this before, it scared me.

Comment from: Huschi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I started getting nosebleeds about 5 years ago--for no reason. The first time, I went to urgent care, where they packed both sides, made me swallow 2 blood pressure pills as my blood pressure was so high, and sent me to an ENT specialist, who cauterized the right side. I have been having 1 to 2 bleeds a year. I still get really nervous and it takes about 2 hours to stop the heavy bleeding. I use a cotton ball with Afrin nose spray and lots of paper towels. I always end up at the ER and they end up having to cauterize one side or the other. Trying to stay calm and realize that the bleeding will stop is easy to say, but difficult to do when you are vomiting up clots and still bleeding hard. I am told by ER staff that some people are just prone to nosebleeds--no reason why.

Comment from: b kumar, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 18

My nose bleeds from left side. It takes 10 minutes to stop. I take Septron.

Comment from: Antonio, Male (Caregiver) Published: July 15

What i do when my nose starts bleeding is i get in the shower and turn on the cold water, after two to five minutes in the cold water the bleeding stops. I hope this can help people with this issue.

Comment from: WILD ENOUGH, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

After all is said and done, an ice pack on the back of my neck works best.

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