Observe the following for at least one week after your last nose bleed:

Don’t:

  • Do not smoke
  • Do not drink coffee, tea or alcohol
  • Do not eat hot foods or drink hot liquids
  • Do not eat spicy foods
  • Do not take hot baths or showers
  • Do not perform strenuous exercise
  • Do not blow nose. You may gently wipe outside your nostrils.
  • Do not sneeze. If you must sneeze, do so with your mouth open.
  • Do not remove any packing placed into your nose by your doctor. It will be removed at your next office visit.

Do:

  • Keep all activities to a minimum
  • Take all medications given to you by your doctor
  • Call your doctor if you have any facial swelling or redness, or if you develop a fever.

Instructions for stopping minor nose bleeds:

  • If your nose does bleed, immediately place pressure on your nose by pinching your nostrils tightly between your thumb and first finger.
  • Place ice on the bridge of your nose.
  • Place a few drops of Neo-Synephrine or Afrin into the bleeding nostril to help constrict the bleeding vessels.
  • Hold pressure for 10-15 minutes.
  • Call your doctor if the nose bleed continues despite these instructions.