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Nosebleeds, medically known as epistaxes, are a very common problem. The inner nose is full of tiny blood vessels and is one of the most sensitive parts of the body. When these vessels get disturbed, blood starts flowing from the nostril, or sometimes both nostrils.

The bleeding can be light or heavy and can last from a few seconds to more than 10 minutes. At times, symptoms like dizziness, weakness, confusion and fainting may accompany a nosebleed.

Anyone can get a nosebleed, but they are most common among children ages 2 through 10 and adults ages 50 through 80.


Nosebleeds can be due to a number of causes. Dry air, which dries out the nasal membranes, is the most common cause.

Others include frequent nose blowing, exposure to chemical irritants, allergic reactions, an injury to the nose, repeated sneezing, excessive heat, high altitudes, hard scratching or picking the nose, alcohol abuse, excessive smoking and taking large doses of aspirin.

Nosebleeds can also be brought on by nutritional deficiencies, hormonal changes during pregnancy, upper respiratory infections, high blood pressure, blood clotting disorders and cancer.

Though frightening, nosebleeds are not a serious problem. Most people can handle the problem easily with the help of some simple and easy home remedies.


home remedies for nosebleeds

Here are the top 10 home remedies for nosebleeds.

1. Pinch the Nose

The easiest way to stop a nosebleed is the time-honored pinch cure. Pinching the nose sends pressure to the bleeding point in the nasal septum, which helps stop the flow of blood immediately.

  1. Sit up straight with your head tilted slightly forward.
  2. Using your thumb and index finger, pinch the soft part of your nose below the bony bridge.
  3. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes. During this time, breathe through your mouth.
  4. Release the pressure gently and sit quietly for 5 minutes.
  5. Repeat as necessary until the bleeding stops.

Note: Do not lay flat, tilt your head back or put your head between your legs. Also, do not blow your nose.


2. Cold Compress

A cold compress is another common remedy to stop a bleeding nose. The cold temperature causes the blood vessels to constrict faster and slows down the blood flow. This will stop the bleeding within a few minutes.

  1. Wrap a few ice cubes in a thin towel.
  2. Sit in an upright position and tilt your head back.
  3. Apply the ice pack across the bridge of your nose for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Repeat as needed.

Note: Do not apply ice directly on your nose.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is very effective in stopping a nosebleed quickly. It protects the body from excessive blood loss and also helps seal up the broken blood vessel wall.

  • Soak a small cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and place it lightly into the nostril. Leave it in place for at least 10 minutes and the bleeding will stop. You can also use distilled white vinegar in this manner.
  • Apple cider vinegar can also be used to prevent frequent nosebleeds. Simply mix 2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water and drink it 3 times a day.

4. Cayenne

Another effective remedy to stop nose bleeding is cayenne. It works as a cell stimulant and regulates the pressure of the blood flow. This means it removes the heavy pressure from the hemorrhaging area and allows a quick coagulation.

  • Simply add 1 teaspoon of cayenne powder to a cup of warm water and drink it. Soon the nosebleed will stop.
  • Those suffering from frequent nosebleeds can take cayenne capsules 3 times a day. Consult a doctor for the correct dosage.
  • Also, eat foods spiced with cayenne pepper on a regular basis.

5. Onion

Onion is a good clotting agent, hence it is highly effective in stopping nose bleeding. The natural fumes of the onion help clot the blood.

  • Cut 1 onion into thick slices. Press 1 slice under your nose and inhale the fumes. The bleeding will stop within minutes.
  • Another option is to put 2 or 3 drops of freshly extracted onion juice in each nostril. Repeat as needed.

6. Saline Water

Dryness inside the nasal membranes during the winter season is one of the most common causes of nosebleeds. To solve this problem, soothe and moisturize irritated nasal membranes with saline water.

  • Add a pinch of salt to ½ cup of water and stir well. Put a few drops of this solution into your nose to moisten the inner lining of the nasal passages.
  • You can also use a few drops of saline nasal spray available in the market.

Follow either of these remedies 2 or 3 times daily during the winter in cold, dry climates.

Medic for Nosebleeds was last modified: November 7th, 2014 by Top10HomeRemedies
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8 thoughts on “Medic for Nosebleeds”

  1. I used to have a bloody nose about 3 mornings a week. I drank a lot of tea and an old time nurse told me that the tea was draining my iron out of my nasal cavity. I started taking iron pills and stopped drinking tea. I don’t get bloody noses anymore.

  2. As a boy, I had frequent nosebleeds most commonly in the mountains. I am 55 and even in San Francisco at sea level with 50% humidity I continue to get them. I was tested and confirmed to have a low platelet count.

    My biggest frustration is when the bleeds occurred. I had no control. Once I get them I would pinch to get it stopped and rest quietly for the next few days with no activity. I go to an ear / nose / throat doctor 6 times a year and have been cauterized regularly

    The good news, is I have found a home remedy; safe, and easy to manage and it might work for you too.

    Initially I assumed my trigger point was humidity. So, for years I tried ointments and saline sprays, but I still got the nosebleeds. I tried drinking more water 80 ounces a day (I am a 165 lb person) to be better hydrated, not much help.

    One day I decided to look at what my doctor sees in my nose. I purchased a small 3” convex compact mirror that has 15 x magnification and a high intensity pen light…It was the beginning to finding the solution. You may need to get a nose hair trimmer to see more clearly. With the mirror and flashlight, I could now experiment. I tried the saline spray, ointments, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, 80 ounces of water a day, etc. Nothing really made a difference.

    Randomly one day when I had dark scabs in my nose, I drank an 18 ounce Gatorade; about 1 hour later the scabs reduced in size significantly and were almost GONE! Gatorade has, salt, potassium, magnesium which give you electrolytes and somehow it was able to hydrate me unlike plain water to a point where my nose became moist and healthy. Wow and so easy and available anywhere.

    Because of all the sugar in Gatorade, I switched to NUUN ACTIVE and I swear by them. They are small tablets which I keep in my overnight bag (along with an extra mirror and pen light). NUUN are ½ the cost of Gatorade and they have NO SUGAR. I play squash, swim, and run regularly, and these tablets are fantastic energy as well.

    So, to finish this story with a happy ending, it has been over 2 years, and I have not had a single nose bleed. With mirror and penlight, I check my nose every morning.

    I wish you all the best and I hope this story can help you reduce or even eliminate your nosebleeds too.

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