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Injuries of the Head, Face and Neck

Injuries of the head and neck can cause life altering damage. Learn how to help a victim of a head or neck injury.
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  2. Concussions (6)
  3. Traumatic Brain Injuries (7)

Pink Eye
Pink eye can be caused by a virus, fungus, bacteria, allergy or by something irritating the eye. Sometimes, pink eye is a sign of a more serious infection like chlamydia or gonorrhea.

Do victims of head injury have to stay awake?
Bystanders and lay rescuers at accidents are greatly concerned with keeping victims awake after an accident. They're worried the victim may have a concussion. The belief is that if allowed to fall asleep, the victim will die. Is it necessary to keep victims of head injury from slipping into unconsciousness?

What is "Talk and Die Syndrome?"
I must confess: before the skiing accident that killed Natasha Richardson, I'd never heard the term "Talk and Die Syndrome." As soon as I read it, I knew it referred to an epidural hematoma. In the days following Richardson's death, I was asked several times: what exactly is talk and die syndrome?

Facial Injuries
You're not just another pretty face. Your face is complex -- it has lots of little muscles that need lots of little blood vessels. Cuts and scrapes to the face bleed quite a bit, even when they're relatively minor. Bleeding from certain areas may point to much more dangerous conditions, however.

Provide First Aid for a Suspected Cervical Spine Injury
Cervical spine injuries can lead to paralysis and loss of feeling. Be careful when handling suspected cervical spine injuries.

Closed Head Injury
A closed head injury is an injury to the brain inside an intact skull. Injury to the brain causes swelling, which quickly increases the pressure within the skull (intracranial pressure). Closed head injury comes from a blunt object (including the ground) striking the head.

Basic Steps to Controlling Bleeding
Stop Bleeding before it leads to shock.

How to Treat for Shock
Treat shock victims with warmth and correct positioning.

Head Injury
Injuries causing swelling of the brain inside the skull.

What to Do in a Neck Emergency - First Aid for Possible Neck Injuries
Emergencies that may involve the neck are particularly dangerous. From your About Guide to Back and Neck Injury.

Neck Strain - Whiplash
Learn how to handle that pain in the neck.

Broken or Knocked Out Tooth
Learn how to handle damaged teeth.

Jaw - Broken or Dislocated
Jaw injuries can lead to breathing difficulties or trouble eating.

Nose Fracture
Bleeding and breathing difficulty make this a bigger problem than action movies would have you believe.

Skull Fracture
If you knock your noggin hard enough, you'll crack the shell. Know what to do.

Acute Low Back Pain
Most people will experience acute low back pain sometime in their lives. Recognizing the symptoms of low back pain and knowing what to expect from treatment can help to avoid a prolonged episode.

Head Injury Symptoms - Readers Share Head Injury Symptoms
Head injury symptoms can vary from victim to victim. About.com First Aid readers share their head injury symptoms.

3 Questions About Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury is in the news a lot more than it used to be. We now know that concussions are much more common than we realized, especially in contact sports and on the battlefields. Below are some of the most common questions I hear about traumatic brain injury. If your question isn't covered, contact me . I'll be happy to answer...

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