Injuries from blows to the head can cause serious neurological, medical and psychological problems.
Types Of Head Injury
Skull Fractures: Signs and symptoms (S&S) include headache, nausea, skull defect and blood in the ears or nose. Seek emergency help.
Concussions occur in four grades:
Slightly dazed feeling, generally returning to normal in 5 to 15 minutes.
Inability to recall events since the injury, dizziness, ringing in the ears and headache.
Same as II, plus the inability to recall events before or after the injury.
A loss of consciousness, always requiring medical attention.
Cerebral Concussion: May accompany any grade of concussion and occurs when a blow to the head causes intercranial hemorrhaging. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 10 minutes to 24 hours after the injury.
Points To Remember
When in doubt about a head injury, seek medical attention.
Have someone wake you every hour during the night. People with subdural bleeding may take up to 24 hours to show symptoms.
Stop shoeing, regardless of severity. Don’t drive. If you don’t see a doctor, notify someone that you have a head injury so they can monitor you.