Observe the following for at least one week after your last nosebleed:
- 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.
- 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.