The third Riyadh Health Cluster explained 5 first aids to treat nosebleeds during the performance of Hajj rituals.
The assembly reviewed, through a tweet on its Twitter account, the five first aid methods, which included:
1- Bending slightly forward while sitting or standing, while avoiding lying down or tilting the head backwards, as this will cause swallowing of blood and vomiting.
2- Pressure on the nose from the cartilaginous part (non-bony on both sides), while avoiding pressure on one side only, even if the bleeding is on only one side.
3- Pressing the nose for at least five minutes for children, and 10 to 15 minutes for adults.
4- Cold compresses or an ice bag can be placed on the nose, as it helps the blood vessels to contract.
5- Repeating the previous steps if the bleeding does not stop while applying pressure on the nose for a period of not less than 30 minutes. If the bleeding does not stop, you must go to the emergency room immediately.
It is noteworthy that the Saudi Red Crescent Authority had warned earlier against raising the head upwards in the event of nosebleeds (epistaxis), stressing the need to avoid this emergency error.