Signs of a head injury can be soon after the injury, and may often be confused with symptoms of other types of medical conditions. Because immediate medical treatment is of such importance after a head injury, it is very important to look out for signs of trauma soon after a person suffers a blow to the head.
In the case of a mild head injury, the person may not show any major symptoms. For instance, he may not lose consciousness after he suffers a blow to the head, like a concussion. Even if there is loss of consciousness, it will last for just a few seconds to up to a few minutes.
If the person does not lose consciousness, he may show other signs of a head injury, like confusion, disorientation, or being dazed and confused.
Also look out for memory and concentration problems, distraction or inattention. The person may complain of headaches, dizziness, nausea or vomiting. In fact vomiting is one of the more obvious signs of a head injury that you must look out for soon after the person suffers a blow to the head.
There may be blurred vision, and a ringing in the years. The person may also experience an odd taste in the mouth. There may be unexpected sensitivity to light and sound.
Don’t assume that the person has not suffered a serious brain injury if he does not show any external signs of the injury. In cases of a closed head injury, there will be no damage to the skull, no fracture, or swelling or external wound on the head. However, this does not mean that an injury has not occurred. There may be internal damage, and careful identification of the symptoms is important.
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