Most of us have had a nose bleed at one time or another. A bleeding nose is usually nothing serious, just a little scary and inconvenient.
A Bleeding Nose Can Be Brought On By
- Cold weather
- Sinus infection
- Another illness
- Rubbing, Picking or blowing your nose so hard as to break the tiny blood vessels
What to Do, What Not to Do
When you have a nosebleed:
- Sit or stand
- Do not lie down
- Do not put your head back. It will cause you to swallow blood and make you feel worse
Now that you’re sitting or standing, gently blow your nose. It will help rid your nostrils of blood clots that may prevent a blood vessel from sealing.
Home Remedies To Stop Your Nose Bleed
- Cayenne pepper stops the bleeding of a cut or gash. Drink ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon of cayenne in a glass of warm water to stop a nose bleed. It will also help normalize your blood pressure and calm you down.
- Take your thumb and forefinger and pinch your nose right below the hard, bony part, about halfway down the nose. Stay that way for 7 minutes, and you should no longer have a nose bleed.
- Fold a small piece of brown grocery bag paper and place it between your upper lip and your gum. If you don’t have a grocery bag, use a dime instead. If you’re outdoors without a bag or a dime, pick a stiff green leaf from a tree, place a piece of it under your upper lip, and press down on it with your finger
- Apply Ice at the nape of the neck also works, as does a raw onion, but neither is as comfortable
- Gem therapists say that a nosebleed can be stopped by placing a piece of amber on the nose
- Immerse your hands in warm water to stop a nosebleed. If you have a sink filled with dishes, you can multitask, and do the dishes while getting rid of a bleeding nose
Nose Bleed Prevention
Bioflavonoids help prevent a nose bleed. Eat at least one citrus fruit a day and be sure to include the pith, or white spongy skin under the peel, which is extremely rich in bioflavonoids. In addition, take a vitamin C supplement with bioflavonoids. Also, add green leafy vegetables—lots of ’em—to your diet. Green veggies are loaded with vitamin K which is an essential vitamin needed for the production of prothrombin. Prothrombin is very important for blood clotting.