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General Tips:
Avoid nose blowing.
Avoid picking or putting fingers in your nose.
Stop taking intranasal medications until your nose has healed.
Take it easy; elevated blood pressure can make nose bleeds worse.

If your nose was cauterized and no packing was placed at your visit:

Apply antibiotic ointment (i.e. Neosporin, Bacitracin, Triple antibiotic ontiment, etc.) to your nasal cavity, three times a day. This can be accomplished with a Q-tip or by filling your nostril with the ointment and then massaging the soft part of your nose towards the middle.

If you have packing in your nose after your visit:

It is important to spray saline spray in your nose at least 3 times a day.
Do not remove the packing.
Take antibiotics if prescribed.

If your nose shoud start bleeding:

Sit down and gently squeeze the soft portion of the nose between your thumb and finger (so that the nostrils are closed) for about 5-10 minutes. Lean forward to avoid swallowing the blood and breathe through your mouth. Wait at least 5 minutes before checking if the bleeding has stopped. Almost all nose bleeds can be controlled in this way if sufficient time is allowed for the bleeding to stop.

You also may place a cotton ball in your nostril after soaking it in a topical decongestant spray (i.e. Afrin, Neosynepherine, etc.).

It may help to apply cold compresses or ice across the bridge of the nose.

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