Epistaxis (nosebleed)

Epistaxis is a condition where there is bleeding from the nose. This
occurs when the blood vessels inside the nose are injured or damaged.
Medications
 Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor.
 If you are on blood thinners, make sure you check with your doctor
about re-starting them.
 Do not take NSAIDS (eg. advil®, Naproxen®).
Activity
▪ Do not lift objects over 10 lbs. (4 kg) for 2 to 3 weeks.
 Get enough rest. Try not to overtire yourself.
 Sleep with the head of your bed elevated approximately 30°.
Nutrition
 Follow the “Eating Well With Canada’s Food Guide”.
 Drink 6 to 8 glasses (1 glass = 8 oz or 250 mL) of fluids
throughout the day.
If Your Nose Bleeds
 Lean forward to keep the blood from going down the back of your
throat.
 Breathe through your mouth.
 Pinch the bridge of your nose for 5 to 20 minutes with your thumb
and index finger.
Prevent a Nosebleed
 Use a humidifier to keep the air moist.
 If your nose gets dry, apply a small dab of lubricating ointment, like
Rhinaris or Secaris® gels, inside your nose. Do this several times
a day.
 Do not pick your nose or put any foreign objects in it.
 Ask your doctor if the medicines that you are taking could cause
nosebleeds.
 Quit smoking or reduce the amount of cigarettes you smoke.

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