Popular questions...


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.

FAQ Frequently asked questions

Related Topics

About this article

Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 15 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
Rating: 4.7 out of 5
Votes: 543 (Click smiley face below left to rate)
Category: Nosebleeds


Welcome to Health&. We aim to help keep you healthy and well.

We provide helpful information and guidance to manage your health. The information is personalised to allow you to make better decisions about your health. We use the latest medical guidelines and provide information that has been reviewed by doctors at Health&. It is important to note that we only provide information - we do not provide medical diagnosis, treatment or advice. The health information provided should not be a substitute for professional medical care. Before acting on the information, please consult your doctor to make sure it is right for you. In the event of a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or emergency services - dial 000 (in Australia) or 911 (in the United States of America).

At Health&, you can securely store your health records. We respect the need for privacy and security of personal information. We are bound by legal requirements for privacy in Australia. Health& is also a registered Healthcare Provider Organisation (just like your doctor), so we will not share your personal information with anyone. We apply the highest levels of security for the storage, management and access of your personal information, using industry standards for encryption. To further safeguard your information, we recommend that you use a strong password and take care to protect it.

Health& is the first consumer-led population health study in Australia. We collect anonymous health data to support medical research and population health initiatives. The information contributes to major improvements in the health of communities. Your participation helps others to also benefit.

You need to be at least 18 years old to sign up. Please read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy before using Health&.


Content goes in here.