Call 911 if the person:
- Is vomiting repeatedly
- Has unequal pupils
- Is confused
- Has weakness on one side of the body
- Passes out or Is unconscious for more than 1 minute
- Is unable to wake up
- Has a seizure
1. Prevent Swelling and Further Injury
- Have the person stop activity and rest.
- Apply ice wrapped in a washcloth.
2. Treat Symptoms
- For pain, take over-the-counter acetaminophen (Tylenol). Aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) may make bruising worse.
3. Monitor Symptoms
- If possible, stay with the person for 24 hours.
4. When to Call a Doctor
Drive the injured person to the doctor or hospital for:
- A headache that seems to be getting worse
- Increased drowsiness or dizziness
- Heart palpitations, seizures, or loss of consciousness
- Symptoms will likely improve in 7 to 10 days. If they last longer, see a doctor.