Concussion Symptoms & Treatment

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A concussion is a brain injury that interferes with brain function temporarily. Concussions are typically caused by some sort of trauma to the head. The severity of a concussion can vary widely from mild to very serious.

Onset and Duration of Symptoms

Concussion symptoms may not appear immediately following head trauma. Once symptoms do appear, they may last for days or weeks.

Early Neurological Symptoms

A person with a concussion may suffer from memory loss, confusion and dizziness. In addition, his speech may be slurred.

Early Physical Symptoms

A concussion may cause a headache and ringing inside the ears. Also, some individuals with a concussion may experience nausea and vomiting, or may feel fatigued.

Delayed Symptoms

Some individuals may experience delayed concussion symptoms hours or days after suffering a head injury. Delayed symptoms may include light sensitivity, noise sensitivity, sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, memory deficits, depression and irritability.


Individuals who suspect they may have a concussion should consult a physician. The physician may recommend taking Tylenol or other medications for headaches. Individuals with a concussion should rest to allow the brain time to heal and should avoid engaging in contact sports for a week or more.

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