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Doctor insights on: I Got Sucker Punched How Long Will The Swelling Last

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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I was punched in the face 5 days ago & the swelling is going down but I am numb the entire one side of my nose and upper lip. How long will this last?

I was punched in the face 5 days ago & the swelling is going down but I am numb the entire one side of my nose and upper lip. How long will this last?

Numbness: Usually as the swelling dissipates, the numbness soon follows. However, if you sustained injury to your infraorbital nerve, which lies in that region, It may take longer. ...Read more

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I was punched in the head the night before last. The swelling went down but still sore and tender. Mild headaches. Should i be seen to be safe?

I was punched in the head the night before last. The swelling went down but still sore and tender. Mild headaches. Should i be seen to be safe?

Yes ....: You should see someone if the headache is getting worse since one need to rule out a subdural hematoma. If you are getting better and the headaches are gone within a week, then just let it be. When in doubt, you should consult your doctor since it is better to err on the side of safety. ...Read more

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I punched my wall a few days ago and there's swelling and It hurts to move. Is it broken?

Probably: It is called a boxer's fracture and is usually the fifth meatcarpal . See your doctor and get it xrayed. You will probably need a case. Next time punch a pillow. ...Read more

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Okay, so i punched a hole in my wall 6 days ago. it was 2 1/5 to 3 inches of sheetrock. it started swelling words each day. could it be broken?

Okay, so i punched a hole in my wall 6 days ago. it was 2 1/5 to 3 inches of sheetrock. it started swelling words each day. could it be broken?

Yes: You could absolutely have a fracture, though the swelling can definitely occur without fracture as well. The only way to find out is to have x-rays of your hand. If you are having any difficulty moving your hand, wrist or fingers, or if you have any numbness/tingling etc., you should get an x-ray done. And, stop punching walls. You lose that fight every time. ...Read more

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