Your Nose, Nasal Surgery & Rhinoplasty: Patient Tips for great results and pitfalls to avoid #1: How to best Control that Nose Bleed

About Dr. Jason Hamilton

Jason S. Hamilton, M.D. is the Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for the Osborne Head and Neck Institute based at Cedar-Sinai Medical Towers. Dr. Hamilton has advanced training in plastic and reconstructive surgical techniques involving the face, head, and neck, and limits his practice to the treatment of these areas exclusively.

View All Posts
Dr. Jason S. Hamilton
Los Angeles Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Jason S. Hamilton

Almost everyone has had one. It is annoying and at times, scary. We are talking about nose bleeds. But what causes nose bleeds?

Most nose bleeds are caused by some type of trauma, such as nose picking. A nose bleed can be worsened by high blood pressure, dry air, high altitude or blood thinning medications. In some rare cases nosebleeds can be caused by cancer or other abnormal growths.

What is the best method to control one until you can see a doctor?

Dr. Jason Hamilton, Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Osborne Head and Neck Institute, has a few pointers. His advice is to apply pressure to the soft cartilaginous (at the tip) part of the nose and pinch the nostrils shut. He recommends holding this pressure for 10 minutes without letting go. You can also spray Afrin nasal spray, if available into the nose to help blood vessels close and slow down the bleeding. Holding an ice pack over the bridge of the nose can also help. If the nosebleed continues, is heavy, or is recurrent then Dr. Hamilton suggests seeing a physician as soon as possible. For more information on chronic nose bleeds and nasal congestion you can visit us at

A message from Dr. Jason Hamilton
“I know that a nose bleed can be frightening especially when there is heavy bleeding. If you follow the few steps outlined above, most of the time you can stop or slow down the bleed to give you time to be seen by a doctor. I have seen many cases where patients suffer from chronic nose bleeds and they don’t do anything about it. Sometimes the cure is as simple as cauterizing the bleeding area, other times we might need to straighten out the septum. In our office we are able to perform a comprehensive exam that includes a scope in the nose to evaluate the areas of the nose that are not easily visible. With this exam you can easily find the cause of the bleed and plan the cure.”

To learn more about Dr. Hamilton or nasal surgery, visit: