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Definition of Nosebleed, treatment of

Nosebleed, treatment of: To stop a nosebleed, a person should pinch all the soft parts of the nose together between the thumb and index finger, and press firmly toward the face, compressing the pinched parts of the nose against the bones of the face. The person should hold the nose for at least 5 minutes and repeat as necessary until the nose has stopped bleeding, sitting quietly and keeping the head higher than the level of the heart (sitting up or lying with the head elevated). The person may also apply ice (crushed, in a plastic bag or washcloth) to the nose and cheeks.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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