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Last night i was running a tablesaw and there was a nail

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Last night i was running a tablesaw and there was a nail about one inch long that had been cut previously still in it. The saw blade caught the nail and shot it back towards me and hit me in the head. Since then ive had a headache right behind where the nail hit, ive got a welt and some minor bruising, and ive felt lightheaded when doing strenuous activity that goes away when i sit back down. People at work also noted that at times throughout the day ive gone from normal to very irritable or confused about what i was doing. Is this something i should keep an eye on over the next couple days or go see a doctor asap?
JA: Is the headache episodic or daily? And what about nausea?
Customer: Been almost constant and no nausea
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 2 months ago.

Hello and thanks for your question.
It's my first priority to help you.
Please provide some additional information.

What is your age?

Are you taking any medicines?

Dizziness?

Any medical illness like hypertension?

Do you have difficulty in concentration?

Confusion?

Nose bleed?

Vomiting?

Thanks.
Waiting for your reply.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I am 25 and currently only take Naproxen Sodium as needed for shoulder pain. I got lightheaded/dizzy while doing some lifting at work but it went away after sitting down for a few minutes. I have had no vomiting or nosebleeds but coworkers said that several times today i did act confused and got irritated.
Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 2 months ago.

Sorry for late reply and inconvenience.
Thanks for the follow-up.
I understand your concern.
As per your description,if nail had hit you superficially and it was not stuck inside your head so chances of serious head injury are very slim.

You should watch for symptoms like nausea,vomiting,headache,nose bleed,blurred vision,abnormal eye movements,a loss of muscle control for next 24 hours.

You should take OTC Tylenol.

Also apply cool compresses on welt and bruise.

You should maintain a good hydration with Gatorade.

You should take proper rest for few days.

Gradually change your position from sitting to standing.

Avoid any strenuous physical work out.

You should apply OTC Hydrocort cream and polymyxin b ointment/polysporin ointment on welt.

In most of the minor head injury,symptoms resolve in few days.

In case your symptoms'll not show improvement or get worse then see a doctor at emergency room for prompt management.

Feel free for further queries. It's good to discuss rather than quit.
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Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 2 months ago.

Respected customer,
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