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Health Tips for January 14

Posted Jan 13 2010 9:00pm

Health Tip: Signs That a Head Injury Is Serious

Any head injury should be taken seriously, but certain warning signs indicate that the injury needs immediate medical attention.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says a doctor's evaluation is required if you notice the following:

  • Any symptom that begins to worsen, including sleepiness, nausea or a headache.
  • Nausea that doesn't subside.
  • Behavioral changes, such as acting confused or irritable.
  • Enlarged eye pupils, or pupils that are a different size in each eye.
  • Difficulty talking or walking.
  • Any bloody or unusual discharge from the nose or ears.
  • Seizures or vomiting.
  • Weakness or numbness in the legs or arms.

Health Tip: Protect Your Eyes From Corneal Abrasions

The cornea is the tissue at the front of eye that helps focus light. A corneal abrasion occurs when that tissue is cut or scratched.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to help prevent a corneal abrasion:

  • Always use safety eye wear any time you're working with machines that expel wood, sawdust, metal, etc.
  • Cut your fingernails to avoid scratching your eye. Keep babies' and children's nails trimmed, as well.
  • Keep all tree and shrub branches, especially those at eye level, trimmed.
  • Be careful when putting contact lenses in your eyes. Make sure the lenses are cleaned properly each day, and never sleep with them.
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