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You Bump Your Head

Ice the area immediately for 15 to 20 minutes to reduce the risk of swelling, and take an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen, advises Dr. John.

Go to the ER if: You’ve lost consciousness -- even briefly – or you have a headache that worsens despite pain medication, or you experience nausea, vomiting, or slurred speech, all possible signs of a concussion.

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