Q. Last week I developed a nosebleed that would not quit. After a couple days I went to an ear, nose and throat specialist. Even after following his advice, though, the nosebleed persisted.

After five days, I was finally fed up and checked your book for home remedies. I am a scientist, so I like solid evidence for everything I try, but I was desperate enough to try just about anything.
I found your suggestion to drop a bunch of keys down the back of my neck. To my amazement, the nosebleed stopped within a few minutes and has not returned.

A. We cannot explain it, but we have heard that this home remedy can resolve a nosebleed quickly. Nuns and teachers who have dealt with a lot of children often testify to the usefulness of this approach.

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  1. Don

    Keys and knives are an fascinating idea, and I must try it sometime. I have always used a package of Jello gelatin that I would eat straight out of the package. I assume the gelatin helps the blood coagulate.

  2. Rhonda

    As a teacher for over 30 years , I can attest to the fact that this REALLY works! My children thought I was a magician! Thanks for you help! Kids get lots of nosebleeds!

  3. RR

    I started having severe spontaneous nosebleeds following major surgery and being on heparin for 2 weeks. I also began taking Celebrex for the first time after the surgery. I tried the key remedy without success. I finally had to have my nose cauterized twice to control the bleeds. My ENT suggested that the Celebrex may have contributed to the nosebleeds, even though 2 other doctors and 2 pharmacists said it was highly unlikely. I have stopped the Celebrex for now.

  4. JoAnn A.

    I am often subject to nose bleeds. Some years ago, at a friend’s house, one started, and wouldn’t stop – I must have used half a box of tissues. My friend’s husband came in with ice cubes wrapped in a wash cloth, and put it on the back of my neck. Within minutes the bleeding stopped. He explained that the cold makes your blood thicken, giving it time to coagulate. I have used this several times – sometimes I just go to the freezer and take out a pack of frozen vegetables and put it on the back of my neck.

  5. PJ

    When my son was small, he had a vitamin K deficiency. His nose would bleed w/o warning. My grandmother told me to put a cold stainless steel butter knife or case knife down the back of his neck. For some reason unknown, it always stopped the bleeding. Some old wife’s tales really work!

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