How can epistaxis (nosebleed) be avoided?

Updated: May 08, 2020
  • Author: Quoc A Nguyen, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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For patient education resources, see the Breaks, Fractures, and Dislocations Center, as well as Broken Nose.

The following precautions should be imparted to the patient:

  • Use nasal saline spray.

  • Avoid hard nose blowing or sneezing.

  • Sneeze with the mouth open.

  • Do not use nasal digital manipulation.

  • Avoid hot and spicy foods.

  • Avoid taking hot showers.

  • Avoid aspirin and other NSAIDs.


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