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After a head injury — even a minor one — you may be experiencing a headache and feel dizzy or sick to your stomach. The last thing you’ll want to do is drive to an urgent care or other health care facility, where you’ll be forced to wait in a crowded, noisy area under bright fluorescent lights. Fortunately, thanks to DispatchHealth’s mobile service, you can receive the treatment you need for conditions that are not life-threatening without having to leave the comfort of your home.

If this is an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.

What are the symptoms of a head injury?

After sustaining a minor head injury, you may experience symptoms including swelling, bruising, a mild headache, dizziness, and nausea. In many cases, these symptoms can be treated by taking over-the-counter pain relievers and applying cold compresses. However, because more severe head injuries can cause concussions and other serious complications, it’s important to keep an eye out for symptoms such as:

  • Balance problems
  • Behavioral changes
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Grogginess
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Memory issues
  • Seizures
  • Sensitivity to noise and light

While some of these symptoms may occur immediately following a head injury, others could take days or even weeks to appear.

The importance of promptly treating a head injury

It’s important to seek care for a head injury as soon as possible, since prompt diagnosis and treatment can lower the risk of future complications and help ensure a better recovery. DispatchHealth’s team of trained professionals can assess your injuries and determine the best course of treatment — contact us to request service.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Phil Mitchell MD, MS on July 24th, 2019

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