First aid and Emergencies

What to Do If You or Your Child Suddenly Start Bleeding from the Nose?

Written by Dr. Vaishali Mehta and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

 
Image: What to Do If You or Your Child Suddenly Start Bleeding from the Nose?

Epistaxis means bleeding from the nose.

Nasal bleeding can occur due to various reasons. In a child with a habit of nose picking, it is not uncommon for the nose to bleed. An adolescent male bleeding profusely should be investigated to rule out a tumor called angiofibroma. In an elderly person, a rise in blood pressure usually causes a bleed from the nose. Other causes are common cold, infections in sinuses, change in weather, bleeding disorders and cancers of the nose and sinuses.

What To Do If You or Your Child Suddenly Start Bleeding From the Nose?

The first aid measures to be taken are:

  1. Pinch the soft part of your nose with your thumb and index finger for five to 10 minutes.
  2. Keep your mouth open and breathe.
  3. Rub ice over the bridge of your nose.
  4. Do not panic and reach your doctor for further treatment.

Your doctor will examine your nose and decide on further testing and treatment based on the cause of epistaxis. He may advise nasal endoscopy and cauterization of the blood vessel. If the bleeding is profuse, you may need a nasal packing and hospitalization.

Last reviewed at: 12.Sep.2018

RATING

9
 


Do you have a question on Epistaxis or Bleeding From Nose?
 
* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.
 

Related Questions & Answers


How to Stop Nose Bleeds?
Article Overview: Bleeding from the nose or epistaxis is a very common condition and usually nothing to worry about. This article discusses the steps for managing an active nose bleed.  Read Article »
Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi
ENT Otolaryngologist

Why does the Nose Bleed? It is common in children during hot and dry weather conditions.  Bleeding of up to 50-100 mL is common in bleeding due to dryness. This happens because of disturbance in the mucociliary clearance which means that the hair like cells that form the ...  Read Article »
 
Does nose bleeding occur after a septoplasty?
Query: Hello doctor, Last week, I have done a septoplasty and the dressing was taken out yesterday. Now my nose bleeds a lot the whole day and then it was normal. Today I woke up and there was a lot of blood in my nose and it was dry inside. Is it because I missed out taking the nasal spray while I was asl...  Read Full »
Dr. Shyam Kalyan N
ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is normal to have some bleeding after septoplasty operation. Subsequently, in the postoperative week, there occurs crusting and dryness due to the dried up blood clots and mucus. In my set up, in addition to giving saline nasal drops or douching, we also give Mup...  Read Full »
 
Should I take my son to a doctor immediately for a nosebleed?
Query: Hello doctor, My 4 year old son bumped his nose on his cousin, while in a swimming pool. It bled a lot, but I pinched his nose for a couple of minutes while he was sitting on my lap. The bleeding stopped immediately. Now, he is calm and watching television. Should I take him to a doctor immediately?  Read Full »
Dr. Babu Lal Meena
Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Mechanical compression is the treatment of epistaxis, most of the bleeding stop by this method. If the bleeding does not stop, then we do a nasal packing. But in this case, as the bleeding stopped, there is no need of further treatment if there is no recurrence of bleedi...  Read Full »
 

Ask a Doctor Online

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours

Related Tags