A bump on the head can potentially lead to a serious condition, requiring a visit to the Emergency Room. It’s important to pay close attention to how you feel after a head injury for up to 36 hours, as this is when most symptoms appear. This will help determine whether you need immediate care or if at-home treatment will suffice.
If a head injury results in any of the following symptoms head to the Emergency Room immediately: loss of consciousness, confusion, dizziness, vomiting (even hours later), balance problems, difficulty walking, difficulty speaking, severe headache, bleeding from the ear or nose, dazed expression.
Upon arrival at the Emergency Room, doctors will conduct the necessary tests identify the cause and implement treatment straight away. These symptoms could indicate possible circulation issues, a potential stroke, or a fractured skull.
A mild head injury will result in a bump on your head, moderate pain and sometimes, light bleeding. If this is the case, ice and over-the-counter pain relievers can help reduce swelling.
If it is time to go to the Emergency Room, call 911 immediately. Under no-circumstances should the injured person drive themselves, and an ambulance is advised over a friend or family member driving. When someone is suffering a from head injury it’s important to keep their head as still as possible to avoid more trauma to the skull.
Dial 911 and stay on the phone with the technician until help arrives. ER Katy is available 24/7 to provide emergency medical treatment for head trauma and other urgent medical needs. ER Katy is a free-standing Emergency Room, and our Board Certified doctors and caring staff is ready and waiting to help. Call ER Katy any time at (281) 395-9900.