Regardless of severity, a brain injury is something you want to seek immediate medical treatment for. But the level of severity will often dictate what sort of treatment you may need. Thus, it benefits you to understand what symptoms could indicate a more severe issue like a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
But what are these signs? In specific, what physical telltale indicators of TBIs can you or others pick up on quickly?
Visibly noticeable issues
Mayo Clinic discusses some of the symptoms that TBIs cause to physically manifest. Physical red flags are often the first to look into due to the fact that they are visibly apparent, often shortly after the injury occurs.
For example, disordered conscious is a huge red flag and one of the easiest to notice things. This may include a victim passing out, blacking out or experiencing recurring bouts of unconsciousness. It can even include a victim falling into a comatose state.
They may also seem visibly distressed and unable to keep their balance. They may vomit due to nausea or dizziness and display a sensitivity to bright light. When their pupils face exposure to bright light, they may dilate unevenly as well. On top of that, you could notice clear fluid draining from the face, especially the ears and nose.
Invisible red flags
Finally, listen to the complaints they may give. Unseen physical ailments are common. This includes intense, piercing migraines that worsen rapidly and sensory disorders. For example, victims often experience tinnitus, which is a ceaseless ringing in the ears. If any such symptoms surface, it indicates the need for immediate medical attention.