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Signs You May Have A Concussion

Posted on January 16, 2018

A concussion, big or small, is something you should always take seriously, but it’s not uncommon for one to go unnoticed. A concussion is caused by the brain bouncing around in your skill after a hit to the head. A serious concussion can alter the brain cells as well as the chemicals in the brain. In this article we will discuss the signs and symptoms of a concussion, and when those signs warrant a trip to the hospital.

Concussion Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms of a concussion can range from a headache to amnesia. Symptoms can start to emerge immediately or even a few hours or days after the injury and can last for a few hours or even a few weeks. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the symptoms of a concussion, from Mayo Clinic, so that the next time you or your child has a head injury you know what to do.

Signs and symptoms you may experience right away:

  • A headache or a feeling of pressure in your head
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion or feeling as if you are in a fog
  • Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Appearing dazed
  • Fatigue

Delayed sign and symptoms that may appear hours or even days after the head injury:

  • A hard time concentrating or remembering things
  • Irritability and other personality changes
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Psychological adjustment problems and depression
  • Disorders of taste and smell

Seeking Medical Attention For A Concussion

Anytime you or your child experiences a head injury you should see a doctor in the next couple of days. If symptoms are not serious and you are able to remain alert you won’t need emergency attention. It will just give you peace of mind to see a doctor and get everything checked out after a traumatic brain injury.

More serious symptoms should be taken care of right away. A bad concussion can cause serious damage. Do seek emergency medical attention if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Repeated vomiting
  • A loss of consciousness lasting longer than 30 seconds
  • A headache that continually gets worse
  • Changes in behavior
  • Changes in physical coordination
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Slurred speech or other changes in speech

If an athlete gets a concussion during a physical activity they should not continue the activity until they have received medical attention.