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what to do if i have a concussion and want to know if it is okay to drink?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Take it easy: Probably ok to have a cocktail, glass of beer, or glass of wine, but for a while, you may be inordinately sensitive, and best to first see how you do with modest amounts.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Moderation: After a concussion you need to rest, both physically and mentally, until symptoms resolve. after symptoms resolve, you can drink but be moderate in intake. If you begin drinking too son yoiu may cause an increase in your symptoms.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the lasting effects from a concussion?

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Dr. Felix Brizuela
Neurology 32 years experience
Many: A concussion is a microscopic brain injury. Symptoms depend on what part of the brain was injured. Poor memory and concentration, anxiety, insomnia, confusion are the most common symptoms. In most cases, symptoms improve over time. If the symptoms are bad enough, they can be treated medically. For example, I use alzheimers drugs on people with poor memory.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Does a concussion always cause permanent damage?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
No: Most concussions do not cause lasting damage. Concussions are a brain injury caused by a blow to the head. While the concussion is healing you should take it easy, avoid physical exertion, and may need to take a break from work or school. Avoid being hit again. Concussions are serious, you should see your doctor. The CDC has a website explaining them and how to manage them: www.Cdc.Gov/concussion.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long should I wait after being diagnosed with a concussion before playing again?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Until healed: Concussions are a brain injury. When your brain is concussed chemical changes occur. You need to rest your brain (no physical activity or school/work stress) until the brain heals. This process takes a different amount of time for each person. Your doctor may choose to use a computerized test to help assess your progress along with your symptoms. www.cdc.gov/concussion/.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How can you reduce the risk of concussion?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Proper Equipment: The best way to avoid a concussion is to use proper protective equipment when applicable. Football helmets and other helmets should be fitted correctly and inspected for undue wear. In activities without protective headgear, concussions may not be directly avoidable, but should be recognized quickly and treated appropriately to prevent long-term adverse effects.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What can reduce the risk of concussion in sports?

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Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Avoid contact sports: Better helmets but avoiding those sports is the best way. Take up tennis.

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