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How are nosebleeds treated?

Simple nosebleeds that are not caused by head trauma and that occur in otherwise healthy people can usually be treated using first aid measures. Other medical measures include: nasal spray - spraying the inside of the nose with co-phenylcaine to speed up clotting; chemical cauterization - silver nitrate is used to create a superficial burn to the nasal membrane at the site of the bleeding vessel; electrocauterisation - an electric current is used to create a burn to the nasal membrane at the site of the bleeding vessel, to prevent further bleeding; nasal packing - inserting a tampon-like device into the nose to apply constant pressure across the source of bleeding, and; embolization - inserting a catheter in the groin and up through to the nasal area. The catheter is used to inject material into the blood vessel to cause it to clot and stop bleeding.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 23 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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