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How Long Does It Take For A Black Eye To Form
Up to 1 or 2 days: Black eyes may occur quickly with a direct impact to the eye. This happens because there is some bleeding in the soft areas around the eye that cause the darker color. Other injuries that fracture bones like facial and skull fractures bleed more slowly, and it may take a day or two before the black eye appears. Read more
Few weeks: Blood takes a few weeks to resolve. Read more
How long does it take for swelling from a black eye to go away? When do I switch from cold compress to hot compress?
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. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long does it take to get rid of a bruise on my head? Fell on my head almost a wk ago and its embarrassing having to explain my black eye all the t
Gradual slow fading: Your black eye will fade away in a matter of 10 days to 2 weeks. There will be a change of colors from bright red to pink to brown as the hematoma gets absorbed. Within 24 hrs of the injury cold compresses are indicated. After this warm hot packs applied for 30 minutes 3 x daily help to get rid of the black eye. Read more
How long does a severe black eye take to heal? My son was hit with a stick in the eye a month ago and still has a black eye.
Several weeks: He was probably not hit in the eye itself with a stick or things would be a lot worse. I assume he had a thorough eye examination. The black eye is caused by a bleeding around the eye, similar to a black and blue spot on the skin. It may take several weeks to clear. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unkown answer: You did not specify the circumstances of acquiring these problems. If there are no broken bones or unusual healing or bleeding problems it can easily take 30 days. Read more
I have a black eye 2 days now and its a purplish reddy color, but I think I have burst blood vessels also? How long should it take to heal?
Depends on extent of: Bruising, since that is what a black eye is (ecchymosis) present, as the more it swells under the skin area, the faster it will swell. That is why cool/iced compresses may be helpful on the lids to reduce the swelling. (It's really the eyelid and not the eye that is black for clarification.) Keeping the head elevated helps too. Don't lie flat. Body needs time to resorb swollen tissue's fluids back. Read more
Depends: This will depend on the nautre of the injury, the amount of blood leaked out into the tissue and continuing to leak out, the initial treatment and continuing treatment, whether you are on Aspirin or other blood thinners like "plavix" or "coumadin" and you own ability to clot and remove clot. A simple "black eye" may last 7-10 days. More severe could last a month or more. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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