Nose bleeds can be stopped by leaning forward and pinching the soft part of the nose just above the nostrils for up to 10 minutes.


The vast majority of recurrent nose bleeds can be treated by nasal cautery under local anaesthetic in the clinic using a silver nitrate stick. After the vessels have been cauterised, Vaseline should be applied twice a day for the next 2 weeks to prevent a crust forming. Very occasionally, cauterisation under general anaesthetic is required, particularly in small children.

If there is no obvious bleeding point at the front of the nose, an examination of the back of the nose with a telescope may be required to rule out more serious causes for the nose bleed.

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