A nose bleed is one of the common complaints seen, especially in children. The most common cause is a minor injury to the inside of the nostril due to nose picking, irritation or a foreign object. Sometimes a nose infection like a cold can cause dryness and bleeding.

If a person has a nosebleed, make him/her sit on a chair and lean forward, and pinch the nose with thumb and index finger for about 5-10 minutes. This will compress the area which most commonly bleeds. A small ice pack can also be applied over the nose to constrict the blood vessels. Once the bleeding has stopped, avoid picking or blowing the nose.

If the episode repeats often then it is mandatory to consult a doctor asap.