Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

The best way to stop a nosebleed is to lean forward and pinch the bony part of the nose for 15 minutes.

The best way to stop a nosebleed is to lean forward and pinch the bony part of the nose for 15 minutes.
beginning of content

A nosebleed caused by a foreign object

1-minute read

Children often like to experiment by placing object up their nose. If the objects are small and fit neatly into the nostrils, they can become stuck.

If this happens you should not try to remove the object yourself. Pushing an object, especially a sharp one, up the nose, can cause damage that leads to bleeding from the nose.

If the object falls back into the throat and you start to choke, call an ambulance on triple zero (000). If the object contains chemicals (like a battery) or is a bean (which can swell) you should go to the Emergency Department.

Looking after yourself

You should go to your emergency department or your doctor as soon as possible. Before you go, here is some first aid advice.

Not sure what to do next?

If you are still concerned about your nosebleed that has been caused by a foreign object, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.

The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).

Last reviewed: November 2017

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice and information you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo