To reduce the chance of getting a nosebleed:
- Lubricate dry nasal passages near the front of the nose. Place a small dab of lubricating cream or ointment on your fingertip. Apply the lubricant to the inside of the nose. You may do this at bedtime or up to three times during the day. Polysporin, zinc oxide, and Vaseline are examples of lubricants that may be used.
- Use a saline nasal spray to help keep nasal passages moist. Be sure that the nose spray does not contain medications, such as phenylephrine or oxymetazoline. These types of medications should be used for only a few consecutive days.
- Do not pick your nose.
- Humidify the air, especially in bedrooms.