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Concussion Symptoms to Watch for and Keep in Mind

Concussion Symptoms to Watch for and Keep in Mind

Concussions are temporary injuries that are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Despite having temporary effects, some concussions can potentially have long-lasting effects. This is why it is important to be aware of which concussion symptoms to watch for.

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How Can You Tell if Someone Has a Concussion?

Concussions can happen at any time, but they commonly happen during sports. Sports such as soccer, basketball, rugby, and hockey, all present high risks of concussions. Boxing, mixed martial arts, and American football are also frequently encountered sources of concussions in sports.

Though even at home, there is still the risk of a concussion, if a person slips or loses their balance. This is why knowing which concussion symptoms to watch out for, as well as what first aid steps you need to take can potentially prevent serious problems down the road.

Here are some concussion symptoms to watch for:

Concussion Symptoms to Watch For

Concussion Symptoms to Watch For: Headache

concussion symptoms to watch for

When a concussion happens, the brain can move around the skull. If the impact is particularly strong, the brain can be bruised and get damaged as a result.

This is the reason why most people who suffer from a concussion usually experience a headache afterwards.

It is important to note that the headaches don’t always appear immediately after a concussion. It is possible that a person who suffered a concussion can experience the symptoms 24-48 hours after their injury. So it is important to observe the person who was injured for at least 24-48 hours.

Concussion Symptoms to Watch For: Dizziness

Dizziness is another common symptom among people who’ve had a concussion. Sometimes people feel light-headed, or feel as if the room is spinning after they hit their head.

This happens because the fluid inside the inner ear can sometimes leak into the middle ear after a head injury. This fluid is important since our inner ear uses it to help us keep our balance.

If something happens to the inner ear, or there is a problem with the fluid, then we can feel dizzy, or light-headed.

Concussion Symptoms to Watch For: Nausea or vomiting

concussion symptoms to watch for

Nausea or vomiting is another symptom among people who have suffered a concussion. This can either be the result of a serious injury to the brain, in which case immediate medical attention is required.

However, it can also be the result of dizziness brought about by the concussion.

If a person vomits or experiences nausea after a concussion, it would be best to take them to the doctor as soon as possible. This way, if they do have a serious brain injury, they can get treated immediately.

Concussion Symptoms to Watch For: Amnesia and Memory loss

Another possible sign of a concussion is the person experiencing memory loss or amnesia. Usually, the person who had a concussion won’t remember or have any idea of what happened to them.

Amnesia can sometimes be accompanied by confusion, or memory loss. In particular, patients who have had a concussion might not know what happened, or even know where they are.

In more serious cases, it’s possible for a person to suffer from permanent amnesia. It’s also possible for a concussion to cause memory loss in a person years after their injury.

Concussion Symptoms to Watch For: Mood or Personality changes

Lastly, concussions can also cause sudden mood or personality changes. After a concussion, a person who is calm or relaxed can suddenly become irritable or easily angered. In some cases, people also suddenly get sad or anxious.

These personality changes are usually short-term and can go away after some time and with the right treatment. Despite this, it can be difficult to take care of a person who suddenly experiences these mood changes.

Key Takeaways

It is important to always take concussions seriously. While concussions do not always cause long-term health problems, it’s always better to be on the safe side and seek medical attention immediately. This can help prevent bigger problems down the road, and can also make recovery much easier for a person who had a concussion.

Learn about other Brain and Nervous System Issues here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Written by Jan Alwyn Batara Updated Jun 04
Medically reviewed by Nicole Aliling, M.D.
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