When is a nosebleed an emergency? How do you stop a nose bleed? What are the causes? The answers are here.
Every time I walk into a salsa club in Colombia, and get hit in the nose, I have to stop the bleeding. It has only happened twice. Colombian men are very possessive of their wives as it turns out.
At some point you will have a nosebleed (epistemic). Common causes are:
- Trauma (my personal favorite)
- A viral infection or cold
- Sinus infections
- Going from a humid to a dry, arid climate
- Taking blood thinners or aspirin
- Always use sterile technique and blood precautions (glasses, gloves, and thorough hand washing before and after) if treating a victim.
- Sit up to take the pressure off of blood vessels in the nose.
- Pinch the soft part of the nose together and hold together for 7-10 minutes
- If bleeding continues, cover a cotton ball or piece of gauze with a non-adhering substance like bacitracin antibiotic ointment or petroleum jelly. Place in the nasal passage as high as possible.
- I have also seen expanding foam ear plugs used to stop bleeding with success.
WARNING: Indicators of the need to seek a medical treatment facility are:
- Heavy bleeding doesn’t stop within 30-40 minutes
- The person is on blood thinners esp. Coumadin
- Multiple recurrences if the cause is unknown.
- Avoid making husbands or wives jealous, especially in salsa clubs.