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Nosebleed

Nosebleeds are not usually a sign of anything serious. They're common, particularly in children, and most can be easily treated at home.

The inside of the nose is delicate and nosebleeds happen when it's damaged. This can be caused by:

Nosebleeds that need medical attention can come from deeper inside the nose and usually affect adults. They can be caused by:

Sometimes the cause of a nosebleed is unknown.

Certain people are more prone to getting nosebleeds, including:

If you have a nosebleed, you should:

Holding an icepack (or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) on the top of the nose may help reduce the blood flow. But the evidence to show it works is not very strong.

If doctors can see where the blood is coming from, they may seal it by pressing a stick with a chemical on it to stop the bleeding.

If this is not possible, doctors might pack your nose with sponges to stop the bleeding. You may need to stay in hospital for a day or two.

After a nosebleed, for 24 hours try not to: