12 Days of Christmas: Nosebleeds with The Nutcracker

12 Days of Christmas: Nosebleeds with The Nutcracker

Rio Bray
Posted by Rio Bray

Date: Monday, 17 December 2018. -  

Legend has it that The Nutcracker symbolises good luck and protects your family, so who better to greet you on day 11 of our Christmas first aid special than The Nutcracker himself! He is here to discuss one of the most common first aid injuries: nosebleeds, and how you can easily treat these. 

Nosebleeds are usually not serious and can be simply treated at home. They are typically caused when the inside of your nose is damaged, through blowing your nose too hard, or even due to changes in temperature.

There are certain instances where a nosebleed will need professional medical attention, which is when they occur from deeper inside the nose. Examples of this include when the nose has been broken, when it is caused by high blood pressure or by taking a specific type of medication or by conditions that affect the blood vessels or how the blood clots.

There are certain people who are more prone to experiencing nosebleeds:

  • Children (they usually grow out of them by the age of 11)
  • Elderly people
  • Pregnant women

How to treat a nosebleed

  1. Make sure that you are sitting or standing upright and not lying down.
  2. Pinch your nose just above the nostrils for around 10-15 minutes.
  3. Lean forward and breathe through your mouth.
  4. Have a cloth or bowl ready for any drips or dribbles of blood.
  5. Place an ice-pack at the top of your nose to reduce any swelling that may have been caused.
  6. After 10-15 minutes, allow the casualty to stop pinching their nose.

If the bleeding has stopped after the 10 minutes, you should advise the casualty to rest and avoid picking or blowing their nose for several hours, as this may disturb any blood clots that have formed and is likely to trigger another nosebleed.

However, if the bleeding has not stopped, then the patient must pinch the soft part of their nose for a further 10 minutes. If the nosebleed continues after 30 minutes, then the casualty must be taken to the hospital to receive medical attention.

We hope that this has given you the knowledge to effectively treat a nosebleed and The Nutcracker has lived up to his legend of being a protector.

Do you suffer from nosebleeds? Or simply have a question about treating them? Tweet us @ImpTraining and we’ll be happy to help.