How do you stop a nosebleed while cycling? Do you need a cure for a bloody nose? When cycling a bloody nose is more than an inconvenience. You don’t necessarily have all the products needed to stop a bloody nose out on the road. Before we delve into what you should do to stop a blood nose, let’s discuss why you get a bloody nose in the first place.
Why Do You Get a Bloody Nose?
Obviously, if you get hit in the nose, your nose will likely bleed. Your nose is filled with vessels and it happens to be located sticking out of your face. It tends to get in the way at times. However, getting hit is not the only reason you can get a bloodnose. Another reason for a bloody nose is dried out or cracked nasal membranes. In the winter months, it is more common to get a bloody nose as the air inside is dry and warm from furnaces or heaters. In addition, if you live in a warm, dry climate, you could get nosebleeds year-round.
How Do You Stop a Nosebleed?
To stop a nosebleed, you no longer tilt your head back. I know. When we were younger, that was all the rage. Now, you need to tilt your head forward. When leaning back, the blood can drain down the back of your sinuses and throat and cause gaging. After you lean forward, pinch the soft part of your nose together with your thumb and forefinger. Then, press your nose towards your face and hold for 5 minutes. Don’t forget to breathe through your mouth while you are holding your nose closed. Sit quietly while you wait for the 5 minutes to conclude. After your nose bleed has subsided, you can place a towel with ice wrapped inside against your nose and cheeks.
But, What about When Riding?
The process really doesn’t change while riding a bicycle to stop a nosebleed. You still need to stop, lean forward, and keep your nose closed. However, you will likely not have ice on hand. If you get frequent nose bleeds while cycling, you may need to use some preventive measures. The nose bleed is likely due to dry air. To prepare for the dry air, add some Vaseline or chap stick to the inside of your nose to lubricate it and hopefully prevent bleeding. You can also use saline spray to help moisten your nose. Lastly, you might want to purchase an inexpensive humidifier to keep in your bedroom to help moisten the air as you sleep.
Getting a bloody nose while cycling can be a huge pain. However, once it starts, you need to stop riding and take 5 minutes to get it to stop. If you have frequent bloody noses, then you may want to do some preventive maintenance.