Nose wounds are common and can have a range of causes. Among the most common types of wound occurring around the nose are cuts, scrapes, and nose bleeding. In order to promote faster healing and minimize crusts on the wounded area of the nose, it is important to use proper wound dressing. The nose is located in an open area of the face, so that any wound dressing you are using for covering nose wounds should cover the wound from sun exposure as well as dirt.
Treating a nose wound
- Stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the nose.
- Clean the wound by rinsing the whole face with saline solution or tap water.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment instead of iodine or peroxide.
- Cover the wound with cotton gauze or adhesive bandage and change the dressing regularly.
- Nose bruises can be treated by applying cold compress to the area.
Bandaging a nose wound
Nose wounds commonly vary and cause different effects. Certain people may experience nose bleeding without specific reasons, while some others have a too-dry nose lining, which crack eventually and lead to bleeding as well. Although nose wounds are usually minor and may be self-healing, it does not mean that they do not require dressing. In fact, nose is prone to dirty hazards which may cause infection. Bleeding nose also needs to be stopped immediately. For all these purposes, bandaging a nose wound becomes essential. Some steps to bandage a nose wound include:
- Internal nose bleeding
- Pinch all the soft parts of the nose in between the thumb and index finger.
- Lean forward—not backward, since the blood can be a choking hazard with the head slightly tilted.
- Sit and continue holding the nose until the runny blood stops.
- To dress this internal bleeding, put a rolled cotton ball or gauze into the nostril to absorb the blood. Change the bandage when it is soaked in blood. When the bleeding in minimized, apply a cold compress to the nose to prevent it from re-bleeding.
- Cuts and scrapes on the nostrils
There are some methods for dressing a nose wound and the directions are as follow:
- Strip bandage method
- Wash the hands thoroughly.
- Choose the right size of strip bandage.
- Peel the bandage off and place the cotton gauze directly on the wound. You can apply antibiotic ointment beforehand. Do not place the sticky part on the wound to prevent it from tearing the wound.
- Sterilized gauze method
- Clean the wound and wash the hands.
- Put topical medications needed for the wound.
- Put cotton gauze over the wounded area, and cut the rest with scissors.
- Attach the cotton gauze onto the wound by placing an adhesive strip bandage over the gauze.
- This method is effective and advisable for a larger size cut and scrapes, or a nose wound with a lot of drainage.
- Change the gauze regularly and immediately after it is soaked in blood and drainage.
- Butterfly bandage method
- This kind of bandaging is needed when a sharp object causes an injury to the nose, and the edge of the skin are parted. Butterfly bandages will help attaching the skin of the nose which is not quite elastic.
- Take several butterfly bandages, matching the size of your wounded area.
- Peel the bandages off. Cut into smaller pieces if you think the bandage size is too big.
- Attach one “wing” of these adhesive butterfly bandages on one side of parted skin, and another “wing” on another side.
- Replace the bandages regularly and wear it until you see improvement on the wound site.
- If you have drainage in between the two parted skin, you can put a layer of cotton gauze over the butterfly-bandaged wound to absorb drainage. Keep watching the progress and replace the cotton gauze and butterfly bandages when they get too wet of the drainage.