How to care for a black eye

It’s bound to happen sooner or later. You’re playing tennis or softball, or even going for a walk in the woods, and all of a sudden you get whacked in the eye. It’s obvious from the impact; this injury is going to leave more than a red mark behind. So, what do you do?

When one receives trauma to the eye and bleeding underneath the skin occurs, the result is what’s commonly known as a black eye or ecchymosis. In other words, the area around the eye is bruised. While some view a black eye as a sort of a medal of honor, the truth of the matter is that it hurts.

It might also be indicative of a more underlying condition and professional medical care is in order. If you or someone you know has a shiner, you may be interested in these tips for proper care.

If you receive a blow to the eye, immediately cover it with an ice pack. This will minimize swelling and bruising. The sooner you do this the better. Every two hours or so, apply the ice pack for about fifteen minutes. Do this for twenty four to forty eight hours, or at least as often as you can for the first two days. Other cold items work as well.

In lieu of ice, one can use steak, a bag of frozen vegetables or even a cold beverage in a metal can such as a soda or a beer. When applying something cold to the eye, do so gently. Try not to apply too much pressure, which will not only create a painful situation, but it can also make the eye swell and bruise more.

You may also want to make an immediate appointment to see your physician to make sure a concussion or other head injury didn’t occur. In many instance, a black eye is only a black eye, but when it comes to head trauma, it’s best to be safe than sorry.

For pain try some acetaminophen. Avoid aspirin, which is an anti-coagulant.

For the first couple of nights, sleep with your head elevated on a couple of pillows to keep the swelling down. Do your best to avoid sleeping on the bruised side of the face.

After about forty eight hours, it’s time to apply warmth. Soak a towel or washcloth in warm water and gently cover the eye.

You also may want to consider these popular home remedies:

Raw potato: Cut a slice from a raw potato and place it over the eye for regular intervals, similar to the ice pack. This is said to help keep swelling down and bruising to a minimum.

Castor Oil Rub lightly on the affected area to help reduce swelling.

Vitamin C Helps with the healing.

If your vision is blurred, you’re seeing double, or are experiencing dizziness, vomiting, fever, or have other unusual symptoms, do not hesitate to head over to the nearest emergency room. If there’s one thing you don’t want to take lightly, its head trauma.

In most cases, a black eye is nothing to worry about and can be treated with cold compresses. Never take a black eye lightly, however. Seek treatment immediately.

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