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First Aid for Nosebleeds

How to treat a nosebleed

Nosebleeds are a common occurrence. You should treat nosebleeds like other types of external bleeding. Apply pressure to both sides of the nostrils while the victim sits and is leaning forward. Leaning forward helps the blood escape out the nose reducing chances of the blood causing a breathing problem or getting into the victims stomach. Apply consistent pressure for a few minutes. If the bleeding continues, press harder. Do not pack the nose. Call 911 or seek medical attention if the bleeding continues for longer than 15 minutes, is bleeding heavily or is gushing, the victim is having trouble breathing , or is on blood thinners.

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