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Aug 24, 2015
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Tilting your head back is probably the first thing that your mind will think of when you see blood running out of your nose. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. Doing so can actually irritate your stomach and in very, very extreme cases, cause vomiting.

So, here are five simple steps you need to do in case of a nose bleed:

1) FORGET ABOUT LEANING BACKWARD

According to an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist, Dr. Diane Heatley,  you need to "sit up and lean forward so blood can enter the front of the nose." It might seem counterintuitive but it's the way to go if you want to redirect the blood to where it's supposed to go.

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2) PRESSURE IS NEEDED

Gently apply pressure by squeezing the nostrils, the hole of the nose, together for at least five minutes until normal clotting occurs.

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3) ICE IS ALSO HELPFUL

In addition to pressure, place ice or any chemical cold pack over the bridge of the nose. This can help tighten the blood vessels and stop bleeding.

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4) BUT IF YOU WANT BLEEDING TO STOP FASTER…

According to Webmd.com, nasal decongestant spray helps to cure nosebleeds faster. If the bleeding persists after ten minutes, continue to put pressure for another ten minutes.

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5) DON'T TOUCH YOUR NOSE WHEN THE BLEEDING STOPS

When the bleeding is controlled, refrain from peaking or putting anything on your nose or else it will release the clots and encourage bleeding to start again.

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