NOSEBLEED DIETARY RECOMMENDATION
To stop an anterior nosebleed, do the following:
- Gently blow all the clots out of both sides of the nose.
- Sit up in a chair and lean forward(do not the head back).
- Pinch all the soft parts of the nose together between your thumb and index finger. The pressure should be firm but not painful. Hold this position for ten minutes.
- Apply crushed ice or cold washcloths to the nose, neck, and cheeks. This can be done both as you apply pressure and afterwards.
- Then lie back until the bleeding subsides. Refrain from any physical activity for a few hours and any vigorous exercise for at least two days.
If you suspect a posterior nosebleed, consult your doctor. This type of nosebleed requires the care of a physician.
Do not blew your nose for at least twelve hours after a nosebleed stops. Doing so may dislodge the blood clots that stanch bleeding.
Once bleeding is controlled and healing has begun, apply a small amounts of vitamin E to the affected tissues open a capsule and gently apply the oil inside the nose. If vitamin E is unavailable, use a little petroleum jelly. If you wish, pack the nose with gauze to prevent leakage.
While healing, eat plenty of foods high in vitamin K, which is essential for normal blood clotting. Good sources include alfalfa, kale, and all dark green leafy vegetables.
Avoid foods high in salicylates, aspirinlike substances found in tea, coffee, most fruits, and some vegetables. Foods to avoid include apples, apricots, almonds, all berries, cloves, cherries, cucumbers, currants, grapes, mint, oil of wintergreen, bell peppers, peaches, pickles, plums, raisins, tangelos. And tomatoes.
To counteract dryness in the nasal passages, especially during the winter, use nasal irrigation. Spray inside the nostrils with plain warm water from time to time.
To prevent nosebleeds, increase the environmental humidity, especially in winter. Use a cool mist humidifier, a vaporizer, or even a pan of water placed near a radiator.
When you sneeze, keep your mouth open.
If you have frequent nosebleeds, see your doctor. The cause of frequent nosebleeds is often an underlying problem such as hypertension, which should be treated.
If you are prone to nosebleeds, an iron supplement may help to rebuild the blood. Iron is an important component in hemoglobin, which is a vital element in red blood cells.
Caution: Do not take iron supplements unless anemia has been diagnosed.