Concussion

Below you will find more information about Concussion from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Concussion it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Concussion and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Concussion comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Concussion is a condition that interferes with how the brain works affecting a person's memory, speech, judgment, balance, and coordination.

Diagnosis

A person has concussion if he or she becomes dazed or has been knocked out due to a blow to the head. The doctor evaluates the accident and performs a neurological exam to check your memory and concentration, vision, hearing, balance, coordination and reflexes. Post-concussion damage is assessed through a computerized tomography scan.

Treatment

A person with concussion needs to rest to recover. For symptoms such as headaches, the individual is advised to take acetaminophen or ibuprofen but reminded to avoid aspirin because it increases the risk of bleeding.

Symptoms and Signs

An individual with concussion may show signs of confusion and amnesia. Symptoms of the condition may not manifest immediately such as mood and cognitive disturbances, sensitivity to light and noise, and sleeping disturbances. Other symptoms may be a headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears, slurred speech, and nausea or vomiting. The condition may also nonverbal symptoms such as listlessness, irritability, change in eating or sleeping patterns, loss of balance, and lack of interest.

Causes

A concussion is usually caused by a blow to the head, which causes the brain to slide forcefully against the skull's inner wall.

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