Most people who sustain a mild concussion can recover at home though they should always first see a doctor for evaluation. To prevent further injury and alleviate even mild symptoms, treatment could be necessary. Consider some of the at-home remedies that may help, but be sure to first discuss them with your doctor.
Treatment of a Mild Concussion When Recovering at Home
If medication for pain hasn’t been prescribed by a doctor then an over-the-counter medicine (ibuprofen or acetaminophen) could help alleviate headaches. Also be sure to stay hydrated by drinking water.
If you sustained a bump on the head, apply ice to the area. A cold compress (such as a frozen bag of vegetables or ice cubes in a Ziploc bag covered with a cloth) may also lessen any inflammation.
However, the best remedy may just be to rest. Set aside activities that require concentration or a lot of movement and take a day or two off from work. Even when the time comes to resume normal activities, do so gradually. Try to avoid loud noises and bright lights as much as possible as you recover, especially if you’re experiencing sensitivity to them.
Ask family or friends to stay overnight and keep an eye out for worsening or changing symptoms. Parents or guardians should always observe children after a concussion.
Symptoms That May Indicate It’s Time to Call a Doctor or Seek Emergency Medical Attention
A concussion from a car accident may require medical treatment to address symptoms and prevent worsening. If there is repeated vomiting or symptoms such as headache, dizziness and increased confusion, it’s important to contact a doctor right away. Any other significant changes (in eating, sleeping, or behavior), would also warrant seeking medical attention. If new symptoms emerge, it’s best to get in touch with a physician.
As you obtain medical attention, expenses will start to increase. See the Hensley Legal Group’s Consumer’s Guide for Injured Victims to learn how you can protect a potential insurance or legal claim.