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How to Treat a Black Eye

Learn how to treat a black eye in this first aid video from Howcast with Nurse Mary.


A black eye is just the little vessels around your eye bursting and bruising. So it's normal to see discoloration. It's normal to have temporary visual disturbances. It's normal to get a little swelling. It's normal to have a headache or a neck ache. Those are all normal. If you have visual disturbances that last longer than that, if there's a deformity to the eye or to the face, if there's any kind of dizziness or behavior changes then you need to seek medical help. If there's clear fluid leaking from the ears or the nose, those are all signs of something that needs to be taken care of by a doctor. So what do you do? Number one you want to get the person away from any kind of danger. Get to a safe place. You're gonna want to put some ice on it. You can wrap the ice in a cloth. You can wrap ice in a sandwich bag. You can use frozen peas. Anything that is cold and that you can put on the eye and can mold to your facial features. You never want to put direct pressure. You don't want to press on it. You just want it to lay there and cool things off. You don't necessarily need a steak or anything like that. Anything cold will work. You're gonna want to ice your eye for 15 minutes every hour and then take it off. And then ice it again for 15 minutes and then take it off. And you can do that for about a day. If swelling continues for more than 48 hours, you're gonna want to talk to your doctor. When you go to sleep, you're gonna want to elevate your head that way things can drain and the bruising will go down. You also want to take some over the counter medication for pain. You want to stay away from something like aspirin because that's a blood thinner and that can disturb the bleeding. And that's what you do for a black eye.

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