Dr. Jay Dutton, a board-certified otolaryngologist and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon has treated several soccer players with facial injuries and was quoted in the June 2014 health enews article regarding a study done on soccer related facial injuries.
Nosebleeds are very common during soccer games and Dr Dutton offers these tips for treating a nosebleed:
- Keep your head straight up in a neutral position.
- Hold your nose for five minutes pinching the nostrils without stopping and looking. Do not pinch the bridge of the nose; pinch the fleshy part of the bottom of the nose.
- Icing the nose will help to constrict the blood vessels and slow down the bleeding.
“If you suspect you have a nasal fracture, you’ll want to be seen by a physician within a day or two to make sure there is not a blood clot,” said Dr. Dutton. “If it’s more than just a nose injury– if it is an actual facial issue — go to the emergency room. Maxiofacial fractures can cause significant injuries.”