Health Tip: Signs That a Head Injury Is Serious

When you should seek help

(HealthDay News) -- 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.
Diana Kohnle

Diana Kohnle

Published on January 13, 2010

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