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Nosebleed first aid

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If the bleeding is heavy or does not stop within 20 minutes, keep applying pressure to your nose and see a health professional urgently.

Do not blow your nose for a few hours after the bleeding stops, as it might start again.

Rest and avoid straining or bending for one or two days after a nosebleed. If you need to sneeze, try to sneeze with your mouth open, to avoid straining your nose.


If someone has a bleeding nose or fluid dripping from their nose after a head injury, phone 111 for an ambulance urgently. They may have a fractured (broken) skull.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed October 2023.


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