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Black eye and bruising on the face after falling andhitting

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Black eye and bruising on the face after falling andhitting head. Could there be more going on?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  911Doctor replied 2 years ago.

911Doctor :

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer,

911Doctor :

any loss of consiousness?

911Doctor :

dizziness?

911Doctor :

vomitting?

Customer : No
911Doctor :

okay

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why did you fall?

Customer : Was getting out of tub and slipped.
911Doctor :

okay, that's good (i dont' mean good that you felll) because there is an explanation for the fall... in other words, you didn't pass out or have a heart attack or stroke etc...

911Doctor :

so to the head injury itself

911Doctor :

is the black eye and bruising on one side only or do you have two black eyes?

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also, when did this happen?

Customer : Only on one side,fell last Wednesday (5/02) black eye came slowly and bruising color or side of head even slower. Most color under the eye.
911Doctor :

ah! very good news indeed!

911Doctor :

so if something bad is going to happen from a bump on the head

911Doctor :

a subdural or epidural hematoma... a skull fracture.... etc....

911Doctor :

the things that can be very harmful, even deadly

911Doctor :

then this is going to happen within 48 hours of the injury

911Doctor :

in almost all cases

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no

911Doctor :

'now'

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as people age this number is XXXX reliable but you are over a week out from your injury and have not had any of the dangerous symptoms or signs of severe head injury....

911Doctor :

namely,

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headache which keeps getting worse, nausea, vomiting, difficulty walking and the like...

911Doctor :

so

911Doctor :

right now the injury LOOKS bad because the blood from the black eye is being broken down and it's changing colors and spreading

911Doctor :

but this simply looks bad

911Doctor :

it is nothing to worry about

911Doctor :

so what i would tell someone like you if you were MY patient would be this...

911Doctor :

if you develop any worrisome symptoms that are listed above in the next week or two, it's probably worth seeing your docto

911Doctor :

other than that let the bruise resolve

Customer : Thank you
911Doctor :

you are most welcome

911Doctor :

can i help you with anything else?

Customer : No, thank you
911Doctor :

wonderful

911Doctor :

hope the bruise goes away soon

911Doctor :

and thanks for your business and question

911Doctor :

'excellent' feedback is always appreciated and drop by anytime... aks for '911doc' if you have enjoyed our chat.

Expert:  911Doctor replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  911Doctor replied 2 years ago.
i see that you went offline. i am standing by should you have further questions. thanks again for the business.

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