Are there any steps I can take to prevent nosebleeds?
- Use a saline nasal spray or saline nose drops two to three times a day in each nostril. These products can be purchased over-the-counter or made at home. (To make the saline solution at home: mix 1 teaspoon of salt into 1 quart of tap water. Boil water for 20 minutes, cool until lukewarm.)
- Add a humidifier to your furnace or run a humidifier in your bedroom at night.
- Place water-soluble nasal gels or ointments in your nostrils with a cotton swab. Bacitracin®, Vaseline®, or Ayr Gel® are examples of over-the-counter ointments that you can use. Be sure not to insert the swab more than ¼ inch into your nose. These gels and ointments can be purchased in most pharmacies.
- Avoid blowing your nose too forcefully, but you may choose to blow your nose after using nasal saline sprays or drops.
- Sneeze through an open mouth.
- Avoid putting anything solid into your nose, including fingers and cotton applicators.
- Limit your use of medications that can increase bleeding, such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Please remember that any adjustment to medication, especially prescribed medication such as warfarin (Coumadin®), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), should only be done under your physician's supervision.
- See your doctor if your nasal allergy symptoms are not easily controlled with over-the-counter or prescription medications.
- Quit smoking. Smoking dries out your nose and irritates it.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call your physician.