Help! I’m Bleed­ing

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Ex­perts ex­plain what to do when blood starts flow­ing…

The time-honoured trick of squeez­ing the mid­dle of your nose can help, as can xy­lometa­zo­line-based nasal sprays such as Otriv­ine. These help stem the bleed­ing be­cause they cause blood ves­sels to con­tract. Un­der no cir­cum­stances should you tilt your head back, as swal­low­ing blood will trig­ger feel­ings of nau­sea. You can also try slid­ing a small sanitary pad along the roof of your mouth to the back – but not all the way. If the nose­bleed is very heavy, you should see an ear, nose and throat spe­cial­ist. They will stem the flow us­ing bipo­lar for­ceps or a laser.

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