Question for Betty.
 

My nose has been bleeding for a week.  It bleeds off and on; when I get hot and sometimes it bleeds whenever.  I have used vaseline to stop the bleeding but it does not work.  I wanted to know if there is any other way to stop a nose bleed.

 
Betty's Answer.
 

Nose bleeds or epistaxis, can be caused by nasal trauma (nose picking, foreign bodies, forceful nose blowing), rhinitis, drying of nasal mucosa from low humidity, deviation of the nasal septum and alcohol use.

To stop the nose bleed, sit leaning forward (to lessen blood being swallowed), and put pressure on the nostril for 10 minutes.  Short-acting topical decongestants (such as phenylephrine 0.125% solution) may help.

After you control the nose bleed, avoid vigorous exercise for several hours to several days.  Avoid hot or spicy foods and tobacco.  Avoid nasal trauma (don't pick your nose or blow forcefully).  If you continue to get nose bleeds, you may try lubrication of the nostril with petroleum jelly, bacitracin ointment, or saline spray or gel.  It may also help to increase the humidity in your bedroom with a cool mist vaporizer.

If the problem continues, make an appointment to see your health care provider or a Student Health and Counseling Center provider.
t does not work.  I wanted to know if there is any other way to stop a nose bleed.