Getting a nosebleed can be frightening or even a bit embarrassing. But the truth is, most nosebleeds are rarely a sign of a serious condition. Nosebleeds can be caused by a number of things, including:\n\nDryness in the lining of the nose\nScratching the skin over and over\nExcess use of nasal spray\nBlood thinners\nTrauma to the nose\n\nMost nosebleeds come from the blood vessels in the front part of the nose, which will lead to a small amount of blood. But, if you are experiencing a larger amount of blood flow, your nosebleed could be more serious, and you should see a doctor.\nRELATED:\u00a0What Makes Your Nose Bleed?\nHow to Treat a Nosebleed\n\nDo pinch the bridge of your nose right below the bone when a bleed comes on. That’s where most of the blood flow is at.\nSit and lean your head slightly forward, using a tissue to catch the blood. Leaning your head back can cause the blood to drain down your throat, causing upset stomach.\nApply an ice pack to your nose and cheeks. Cold will constrict the blood vessels and help stop the bleeding.\nGently blow your nose to clear out any clotted blood and then use a spray nasal decongestant in the nose. This works to constrict blood vessels which can stop the bleeding.\nRepeat these steps for up to 15 minutes if the bleeding hasn’t stopped.\n\nWhat NOT to Do for a Nosebleed\n\nDo not tilt your head upward and walk around. You could swallow or, even worse, inhale blood.\nOnce you have treated\u00a0the clot(s) do not blow your nose for at least four hours.\n\nFind a UPMC primary care physician by visiting the\u00a0UPMC Primary Care website\u00a0or by calling 1-855-676-UPMCPCP.\n\n\nWhen Is a Nosebleed Something Serious?\nIn most cases, nosebleeds are not a sign of anything serious. However, if you are getting nosebleeds often, it’s best to see a doctor to rule out other medical conditions. Some common causes of heavy nosebleeds include a nasal fracture (usually from falling or getting hit in the face) or tumors or bleeding disorders. People with high blood pressure may also bleed heavier during a nosebleed.