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What are common signs of a brain injury?

Minnesota residents may put themselves in risky situations every day without realizing it. Sometimes, these situations end in an injury or illness. When the brain sustains a violent jolt or blow, the result may be a brain injury. Because these injuries are often serious and should be treated early, it is important to recognize the signs of a brain injury quickly.

Head injuries can range from a minor concussion to a severe head injury that leads to lasting changes in the personality and quality of the life of the injured. According to Medical News Today, some of the signs of a mild head injury include bruising, bleeding, headache, dizziness and a feeling of nausea or sickness.

Moderate head injuries may cause a loss of balance, memory problems, changes in behavior, lasting headaches, vomiting, distraction and confusion. With a moderate head injury, the person may also pass out for a short period of time.

When an incident leads to a severe head injury, the injured may have difficulty speaking, numbness or weakness, bruises behind the ears, difficulty staying awake or alert and blood or clear fluid coming out the nose or ears. They may also have problems with taste, smell or vision, seizures and significant bleeding.

Those with a concussion will notice a groggy feeling, blurred vision, difficulty concentrating, problems with balance and nausea. Concussions can also lead to headaches, confusion and a dislike of light or noise. No matter how minor the head injury may seem, it may get worse over time, so it is usually a good idea to seek medical treatment whenever an injury occurs.

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