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March 12, 2012

My two sons have always suffered from nosebleeds. Someone told me to keep keys in the freezer so I decided to try it. Put the key onto the back of the neck until warm, also run it down the spine. This constricts blood vessels and stops the bleeding. A spoon or coin would work as well. It works every time.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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February 3, 2015

I line dry most of our laundry. My husband gets nosebleeds in the winter. To solve both, I started putting a load on the rack in our bedroom before he goes to bed. That provides just enough moisture in the bedroom air that he does not have nosebleeds on nights that laundry is hanging (only on nights its not). By morning, the laundry is usually about dry.

I used to put the drying rack up in our master bathroom tub. But, by moving it into our bedroom, it helps him out.

I mentioned this to a coworker. She laughed at me but tried it, and said it worked for her at night too.

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January 1, 20052 found this helpful

If the cold dry air causes you to have nosebleeds, put a little vaseline in each nostril with a cotton swab every day.

By Linda

Here's a warning sent in regarding this tip:


Don't Use Vaseline in Nose

Please do not use the tip "Preventing Nosebleeds". I am a nurse and we are NEVER to do this as it could be taken into the lung causing major problems such as pneumonia. Also, if you are using oxygen, never use an oil based chap stick. Find a water based one instead and this is for the same reason. It could get on the nasal cannula and go to your lungs.

By Mara

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August 8, 2008

When you or your child has a bloody nose, sit in a chair and keep your head level, as opposed to tipped back or forward. Gently pinch the nostrils together near the tip of the nose and remain in that position until the bleeding stops, usually about 3 - 5 minutes.

Source: I pass this information on from a school nurse I knew when I was teaching.

By Marie from West Dundee, IL

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May 4, 2009

I had a bloody nose the other night but not since. Could this be high blood pressure? I have never had high blood pressure and just had a physical.


By Joan


May 4, 20090 found this helpful

There are many causes for a bloody nose, and if you have just one, it probably isn't anything to worry about, but if you have more, don't self-diagnose, see a doctor. Here is a link all about bloody noses.
http://www.medi  ose/symptoms.htm

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May 4, 20090 found this helpful

This morning while I was in the shower all of a sudden I got a nose bleed. The blood was dripping out of my right nostril and I started to panic. I never thought of gently pinching my nose closed to stop the flow of blood. I quickly rinsed off the soap and stepped out of the shower and wrapped a towel around me. My first line of defense was to grab a wad of bathroom tissue and roll it up and place it in my right nostril to stop the blood from dripping. Then I knew to tilt my head back for a while. Before not too long the bleeding had stopped.
I normally never get a bloody nose, but sometimes the change in the weather can bring one on, and I have normal blood pressure.


I read on the internet today that if the bleeding doesn't stop within 15-20 minutes then you should better get yourself to an emergency ward.

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May 7, 20090 found this helpful

I've always depended upon a supplement of zinc when this happened to anyone I knew. It can be a defeciency of zinc I read years ago, but haven't heard a thing since. I know the physical treatment is to crook your first finger and lay it over the top lip and press firmly and evenly until the bleeding stops.

A good multi-vitamin/mineral should be a good beginning to build up health. If the bleeding persists, you might consider a supplement of zinc, about 25mg. for a child, 50 mg. for adult, but only twice or three times a week for about a month. Stop for a while unless the bleeding begins again. This seems to work from what has been my experience.


Also, too much Potassium in your body may contribute to it, I believe. Watch for medical articles that discuss this. You might also check

God bless and good luck. : )

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May 8, 20090 found this helpful

A bloody nose can be caused by dry air. My husband and son have them once in a while.. You need to put moisture in the air. When we changed the type of heat we used in our home my son stopped having them as much.

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May 12, 20090 found this helpful

I used to have bloody noses a lot when I was younger. I do have weak veins, not just in my nose though. My grandmother had to have her nose cauterized when it started bleeding and it couldn't be stopped.

One thing, if you tilt yout head back, the blood will drain down your throat. Better to hold the head either level or slightly forward, and pinch both sides, but not real hard!



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