Tips for the Nosebleed Season

If you live in the Northeast, this week you experienced a big temperature change. In my ENT practice fall means the beginning of nosebleed season. Here are a few tips to keep your nosebleeds under control.

1. Keeping your nose moist is the best defense against nosebleeds. Use nasal saline sprays.
2. If you are using nasal saline and your nose still seems dry, place nasal gels into your nose.
3. Buy a humidifier and place it in your bedroom. Turn it on at night.
4. If you get a nosebleed do not tilt you nose backward.
5. To stop the bleed, pinch your nose for 15 minutes.

If after 15 minutes of continuous pressure, you still experience profuse bleeding repeat steps 4 and 5. If you are still having a nosebleed goto the nearest emergency room. An ER doctor or ear, nose and throat doctor will evaluate you. They will likely place a nasal sponge or sponge/balloon device to stop the nosebleed.

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