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Can You Be Concussion Prone
My 3 year old son fell off the couch & landed prone on the left side of his face onto a rug. He cried & vomited once afterward. I'm worried about the possibility of a concussion. What should I do?
Close observation: If the vomiting was after crying, may not be a problem. Vomiting, transient amnesia, loss of consciousness, change in behavior, excessive sleepiness are signs of concussion and intracranial bleed causing significant brain compression. These are the symptoms you monitor. Ice pack on the head may help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Skull fracture and concussion 2 wk ago - can I still go on the cruise next week or will I be prone to seasickness?
Not advisable: I usually advise patients to avoid distant travel in the immediate period following any brain injury unless they are confident in the care they would be able to receive if there is an emergency. A cruise ship is not a good place to receive expert neurological care if there is a brain injury. Seasickness is not the primary concern here. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4 major symptoms: People who are concussed have problems in one or more areas: thinking (foggy, slow, poor concentration, trouble learning) body (headache, blurry vision, nausea, light/sound sensitivity, fatigue) mood (irritability, sadness, nervousness) sleep (trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, increased sleep) if you think you have a concussion, rest and see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Concussion: Concussions typically can occur after a head injury. It doesn't have to be a severe head injury or have loss of consciousness. It depends on the severity of the injury. The symptoms can include headache, dizziness, vision change (blurred vision/ double vision), nausea/vomiting. If your symptoms or headache are severe, or if you have a loss of consciousness, you should get evaluated immediately ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very dangerous: There's a syndrome called "second impact syndrome" which can occur as someone has a second concussion while recovering from their first concussion. The resultant injury to the brain can cause malignant cerebral edema (swelling) and this can be fatal- mortality is 50-100%. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Impact to head: Concussion is due to the brain absorbing force in either a direct or tangential force that causes the brain to "slosh" around inside the skull. This can cause neurological deficits that are usually temporary. Repeated concussions can lead to permanent brain damage, especially if they occur repeatedly before the effects of the prior concussion has resolved. Rarely in this situation death can occur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ratings change: The rating scale of concussion has undergone many changes. In general, a level 2, indicates that the concussion symptoms last longer that about 30 minutes. People with level 2 concussions have not lost consciousness, but individual becomes alert and relatively clear thinking. However, symptoms evolve over time and may last weeks to as long as a year. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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