First aid for nosebleeds

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What you should know:

  • Nosebleeds are common, especially in children, and can usually be treated at home.
  • Most nosebleeds can be stopped by applying firm pressure below the nose bridge.
  • See a doctor urgently if the nosebleed cannot be controlled or may be associated with other medical problems.

What causes nosebleeds?
Nosebleeds are common, especially in winter, when dry indoor air dries out the mucous membranes. Common causes include
nose-picking, forceful nose-blowing, a dry climate, colds and allergies, injuries to the nose, and high altitude.

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