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How to Stop a Nosebleed

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Both the nose and Florida are warm and humid with centrally located activity · centers. In Florida its Walt Disney World, and in the nose it's the Kiesselbach's area.

Located in the front of the septum, the partition separating the two nasal cavities, Kiesselbach's area houses a confluence of large blood vessels and many small superficial blood vessels. It gets hit easily (especially by children's fingers) and is easily injured. It can also get dried out.

When the lining of the nose dries, a crust forms over this blood-rich, vessel-dense area. Dislodging the crust breaks vessels, causing nosebleeds.

Using a humidifier or applying petroleum jelly or similar ointment to the nasal septum can help prevent drying.

Dry, cold air, nosepicking, constant nasal discharge, respiratory infection - all of these lead to irritation and erosion of the septal mucosa.

An adult who experiences frequent nasal stuffiness and nosebleeds might have what's known as a deviated septum. This condition requires medical attention. In fact, any nosebleed that does not respond to applied pressure should be brought to the attention of your physician.

To stop a nosebleed, sit upright. Pinch your nostrils together tightly and squeeze for 5 minutes, breathing through your mouth. Keep your head tilted down so the blood won't flow down your throat. Applying ice is unnecessary.

Avoid any activity that might disturb the crust that forms- including blowing your nose or overexertion. Keep your mouth open if you sneeze. If the bleeding doesn't stop after 5 minutes, consult a physician.

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