There you are, just going through your day-to-day life working on a building site or attempting some DIY at home when you manage to bash your head.
If you pay attention to medical science at all, you know immediately that just because you are not bleeding… well, that does not mean everything is okay.
In many cases, head injuries show immediate effects as soon as the injury occurs. Scalp cuts, for instance, are infamous for causing dramatic blood loss due to the concentration of blood vessels under the skin. That does not mean it is “serious” even though a couple of surgical stitches or staples in the scalp is no one’s idea of a great afternoon. What many do not realize is that the visible damage could be just the tip of the iceberg.
Sometimes dangerous injuries are not readily apparent. A cracked skull or broken nose from a fall or bump are obvious, but the real danger can lurk underneath the cranium.
Please immediately call for medical attention if any of the following symptoms are present in you or someone else who has injured their head:
All of these are signs to not question things and seek medical advice immediately.
There are lots of different complications that come from head injuries, some more obvious than others. Concussions can range from mild to severe. Concussions can be described as a relatively minor form of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
What happens is simple: your head got knocked hard enough that your brain crashed into the inside of your skull. A concussion is the result of this and in virtually every case where physical trauma causes someone to lose consciousness, even briefly a concussion results. There are other complications that can result from head injuries, however, and are invisible to the naked eye. Sometimes the person who suffered the wound may even feel fine despite the lurking danger.
The truth is that if you are asking yourself “I hit my head, how do I know if it’s serious?” It is time to see a doctor. The complications which can occur in even a seemingly minor head injury are not worth risking. Remember: it is the stuff inside your head that you should really be worried about. Symptoms can take time to manifest after a head injury, so check with your doctor or hospital at the earliest available opportunity.
So, if you think that last little bump could be something serious… it could. Better safe than sorry, and the faster you are examined the better.
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