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how long does it take for swelling from a black eye to go away? when do i switch from cold compress to hot compress?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience Family Medicine
Black eye: It depends on how severe the injury was and whether or not you had underlying fracture. The more severe the injury the longer it will take to heal.
Answered on Sep 11, 2016
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Black eye: Depending on the extent of the trauma, black eyes can take weeks to months to fully resolve; it will change colors like a bruise. Cold ice packs help decrease swelling ; further bleeding for the first 4-5 days. Cold ice packs generally help decrease inflammation so it will continue to help with the healing process for the first week. Hot compresses for eyelids am/pm are good daily.
Answered on Apr 20, 2017
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