The following steps that should be taken in order to stop a nosebleed were obtained by the British National Health Service (NHS) and are approved by healthcare specialists associated with this government service.
- Sit down and firmly pinch the soft part of your nasal cavity, just above your nostrils, for 10 minutes.
- Lean forward and breathe through your mouth; this will drain blood down your nose instead of down the back of your throat.
- Stay upright, rather than lying down, as this reduces the blood pressure in the veins of your nose and will discourage further bleeding.
- Maintain the pressure on your nose for up to 20 minutes (time this on the clock) so that the blood clots.
- Place a covered ice pack on the bridge of your nose.
- Avoid blowing your nose, bending down and strenuous activity for at least 12 hours after a nosebleed. Try to keep your head above the level of your heart during this time.
If your nosebleed does not stop contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.